Bhubaneswar: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Wednesday extended his support for External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on social media and said that he strongly denounces the vitriolic & intolerant responses to Sushma Swaraj, who has been trolled on Twitter for days over her ministry’s help to an interfaith couple.
He took to Twitter and wrote, “Strongly denounce the vitriolic & intolerant responses to @SushmaSwaraj ji. She has been a leader in using social media to help common citizens of the country. Such conduct must be strongly condemned.”
Strongly denounce the vitriolic & intolerant responses to @SushmaSwaraj ji. She has been a leader in using social media to help common citizens of the country. Such conduct must be strongly condemned.
— Naveen Patnaik (@Naveen_Odisha) July 4, 2018
The Union Minister has been targeted with offensive tweets for the help given to Tanvi Seth and Mohammad Anas Siddiqui by her ministry, who complained to her about humiliation when they went for passport renewal. An officer allegedly harassed Tanvi Seth for not changing her name and also taunted her husband saying he should change his religion.
The couple has got the passport and the officer has been transferred. Sushma Swaraj, who was abroad when her ministry assisted the couple, continues to face attacks on social media.
Home Minister of India, Rajnath Singh and Union Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari have extended their support to the Foreign Minister earlier.