The defence spokesperson's Twitter handle was the latest entity on the microblogging platform to apparently commit a faux pas as it retweeted a tweet by BJP Karnataka president BS Yeddyurappa where he had thanked Narendra Modi and Amit Shah for their confidence in him. The retweet was quickly removed but not before its screenshots spread over the internet.
The defence spokesperson usually tweets about events being conducted by the armed forces and the activities of the defence minister. There is little controversy in most of the tweets as they are generally informative in nature with images and details of the activities being undertaken by the armed forces.
The post of the Official Spokesperson for the Ministry of Defence is currently held by Swaranashree Rao Rajashekar, a 1997-batch officer of the Indian Defence Accounts Service (IDAS).
It is entirely possible that the retweet was merely a mistake but as fingers have been raised against the possible politicisation of the armed forces, this incident has invited scrutiny at levels higher than would have been expected.
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Updated Date: Mar 19, 2018 10:12:13 IST