Srinagar: Former Jammu and Kashmir chief ministers Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti on Tuesday, took on each other with words and a Pinocchio emoji, to trade barbs over elections for the deputy chairperson of the Rajya Sabha.
Twitter was the battlefield and humour a weapon as Abdullah accused Mehbooba of bargaining with both the Congress-led UPA as well as the BJP-led NDA, for her two Rajya Sabha seats ahead of the elections on August 9, while his successor retorted that he was fabricating stories.
Before PDP announced its decision of abstaining from voting, Abdullah tweeted, “@MehboobaMufti has told the Congress she will support the UPA candidate for #RajyaSabha Vice Chairman. She’s also told the BJP she will support the NDA candidate. How does that work exactly?”
Mehbooba, who resigned as CM in June after BJP pulled out of the alliance government, replied on her Twitter handle with a Pinocchio emoji to depict a lying face.
Leaders spar over fake news
- The National Conference leader replied, ‘Fake news you would have ignored as I always do with your pronouncements. What I said has clearly pinched somewhere!’
- Mehbooba tweeted, ‘Usually fake news and falsehoods are peddled by dubious news channels. But it’s baffling when a politician like @OmarAbdullah fabricates stories based on pure fiction. Such dangerous propaganda is detrimental to the truth and an attempt to mislead people.’
Who is Pinocchio?
- Pinocchio is a fictional character, and the protagonist of the children’s novel ‘The Adventures of Pinocchioo’ (1883), by Italian writer Carlo Collodi.
- Carved by a woodcarver named Geppetto in a village near Lucca, he was created as a wooden puppet, but dreamed of becoming a real boy.
- Pinocchio, a cultural icon, is a wooden marionette (a puppet manipulated with wires), whose nose grows in length, when he tells a lie.
(With agency inputs)