Indian Authorities Withhold Twitter Account of Lok Sabha MP and Shiromani Akali Dal Leader Simranjit Singh Mann

In a move that has sparked controversy, Indian authorities have withheld the Twitter account of Simranjit Singh Mann, the Lok Sabha MP from Sangrur and the chief of the Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar). The action was taken in response to a legal demand, but has been criticized by many as an attack on free speech.

Mann is known for his outspoken views on a range of issues, including human rights, regional autonomy, and the rights of minority communities. His Twitter account, which has over 200,000 followers, is a platform for him to express his opinions and engage with his supporters.

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According to reports, the Indian government issued a legal demand to Twitter to withhold Mann’s account, citing alleged violations of Indian law. The specific nature of the alleged violations has not been made clear, but it is believed to relate to tweets that Mann had posted on his account.

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In response to the action, many have criticized the Indian government for what they see as an attack on free speech. Some have pointed out that Mann is a democratically-elected MP, and that his right to express his views is protected by the Indian Constitution.

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Others have argued that the action is part of a broader trend of the Indian government cracking down on dissenting voices, particularly those who are critical of the ruling party. They point to other cases in which journalists, activists, and opposition politicians have been targeted by the government.Whatever the motivations behind the action, the withholding of Mann’s Twitter account is likely to fuel further debate about the state of democracy and free speech in India. As the country prepares for its next general election in 2024, it remains to be seen how these issues will play out in the political arena.

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