Yashwant Sinha, a former Indian Foreign and Finance Minister, announced to quit micro-blogging site Twitter on Friday, hours after he criticized the BJP government’s handling of the ongoing farmers’ protests in New Delhi.
Sinha had earlier tweeted that the central government “has succeeded marvellously in it’s conspiracy to first discredit the farmer’s movement and then apply strong arm tactics to remove the protestors.”
On 26 January, clashes had broke out between the police and protesting farmers as the latter tried to carry out a parade rally to mark Republic Day. Calling the media’s coverage of the protests “disgusting”, Sinha said, “The godi media has also played it’s role to perfection.”
“This is a government of conspirators, by conspirators, for conspirators,” he wrote on Twitter, before announcing his decision to quit the social media platform.
“It is with regret that I announce my withdrawal from twitter,” he wrote. “I shall not issue any tweet in future.”
Sinha was formerly associated with BJP and served as a high-profile minister in the NDA government led by Atal Bihari Vajpayee. He later formed Concerned Citizens’ Group which made several visits to Kashmir and advocated the restoration of the region’s statehood.