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The Telegraph calls Smriti Irani "Aunty National"; Twitter reacts

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Bengaluru, Feb 25: Kolkata-based English daily The Telegraph made the headlines once again on Thursday for its humorous yet sharp take on the ruling BJP at the Centre.

The newspaper, in its edition, took on HRD Minister Smriti Irani who gave a speech on nationalism in the Lok Sabha on Wednesday, calling her "Aunty National". A big controversy was broken out in the country in the wake of a police crackdown and assault on students in the Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi over their alleged 'anti-national' slogans.

The Telegraph has been attacking the BJP ever since the death of Dalit student Rohith Vemula in a university in Hyderabad. It lashed out at various top leaders of the saffron party over Vemula's death and the arrest of JNU Students' Union president Kanhaiya Kumar on charges of sedition.

The newspaper headline faced strong reaction from the social media with many tweets accusing it as a "Leftist" mouthpiece, working in collusion with the Left and Congress or even one giving'sexist' headlines. There were also a few in support of the newspaper but they were clearly outnumbered.



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