Better late than never: Inspired by PM Narendra Modi, President Pranab Mukherjee joins Twitter

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New Delhi, July 1: As they say, better late than never, President of India -- Pranab Mukherjee finally joined micro-blogging site Twitter on Tuesday, July 1. It seems that the President might have been inspired by the tech-savvy Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

With @RashtrapatiBhvn handle, a cover picture of the Rashtrapati Bhawan and profile picture of Pranab Mukherjee, the President joined Twitter and tweeted, "Rashtrapati Bhavan is now on Twitter. Please follow us for regular updates."

The bio of the Twitter account says, "This is the official Twitter account of Rashtrapati Bhavan and is run by President's Secretariat. Tweets from the President are signed - President Mukherjee."

Number of followers on the handle was on a steep rise - over 5000 - till this report was filed. Now, time will say whether the President will create the Twitter magic like the Prime Minister or not.

Modi has been active on Twitter for the last two years. Besides his personal twitter handle @narendramodi, Modi now also has an official account @PMOIndia which will be managed by officials from the Prime Minister's Office.

Soon after Modi's swearing-in ceremony, the PMO also relaunched its website (, with Modi's message to the nation. "I envision this website as a very important medium of direct communication between us," Modi said in the message.

Later he reportedly asked his cabinet ministers to open Twitter accounts and create Facebook pages.According to sources, the ministers have been asked to use social media platforms extensively to reach out to general public. Reportedly, the ministers have been asked to put various policy initiatives and decisions related to governance in the public domain. They are asked to encourage more discussions on government policies, seek feedback and suggestions from the general public.

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