02/01/2015 10:16 AM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:24 AM IST

Jokes, Roast Mark West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee's Twitter Debut


On Twitter, most critics of government officials are equal opportunity offenders, as West Bengal’s Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee presumably found out on Thursday after she joined the social platform to directly connect to the hoi polloi she champions in her speeches.

The founder and chairperson of the All India Trinamool Congress leader’s Twitter debut went slightly off course after users subjected her to the roast that has almost become the rite of passage for celebrities testing out Twitter for the first time.

Banerjee tweeted from the handle @MamataOfficial ‘A new year, a new beginning for me on Twitter’ with a stock photo of fireworks over waters to wish users a happy new year. As of 9:30 AM on Friday Banerjee’s unverified account had 5710 followers. Actor Pawan Kalyan, who joined Twitter on the same day, has over 56k.

Banerjee’s debut on the foundation day of the All India Trinamool Congress provided her critics the perfect opportunity to post tweets mocking past instances when she labelled her dissenters as 'Maoists'. The bulk of the tweets were not malicious, but it gave a sense of things Banerjee should expect if she becomes a regular on the site.