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After shunning social media Raj Thackeray takes to Twitter

Wednesday, May 02, 2018
By Prashant Hamine

Gets trolled for grammatical mistakes, puts out tweets in English too

After having despised and avoiding social media for long, Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) President Raj Thackeray yesterday made his debut on Twitter @RajThackeray to greet the people on Maharashtra Day.

But his first two tweets in Marathi and a later one in English raised quite a few eyebrows and has since then got trolled for the grammatical mistakes in his Marathi tweet; not to speak of the fact that the MNS chief, a strong votary of Marathi, was tweeting greetings in English.

The announcement of the MNS chief taking to twitter was made by 'Everymedia' in a press statement issued yesterday.

In his first tweet after greeting the 'Maharashtrian people' with reverence to the martyrs who laid down their lives for a unified Maharashtra, the MNS chief in his second tweet in Marathi went on to state that on this day, the Marathi people got a state of their own and in a way, it also gave recognition to the Marathi language. “Many...many sacrificed their lives and suffered great hardships. Today is the day to remember all of them and a day to remember our responsibility. Jai Maharashtra!”, he tweeted.

If that was not enough, Thackeray again took to Twitter and posted yet another Maharashtra Day message, this time in English! What has raised eyebrows is the fact that the MNS chief took to Twitter, that too in English, after having always espoused the cause of Marathi and the Marathi Manoos. In his English tweet, the MNS chief,  after repeating his greetings this time in English, went on to share a short film on the Maharashtra Day celebrations that were held on
May 1, 1960.

Meanwhile, in a statement issued yesterday, the 'Everymedia PR' agency announced the arrival of the MNS chief on Twitter describing Raj Thackeray as one of India's most influential politicians and inimitable leaders. “The MNS chief holds a strong position in the state of Maharashtra, has marked his entry in this digital space on Maharashtra Day itself. The political icon is looking forward to interacting with his followers on the platform and sharing his ideology with the digital youth of the country. The mass popularity and appeal he garners, is largely drawn from his vision for the country and the intensity of his actions,” the statement read.

What has surprised many on social media is the fact that despite having a youthful cadre base, some of whom are bound to be social media experts, the MNS chief has chosen to let a media public relations firm handle his twitter handle. The tweet in Marathi has predictably invited trolls on the social media pointing out the bloopers in the text.

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