Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday said he plans to give up his social media accounts on various platforms, including Twitter and Facebook.
"This Sunday, thinking of giving up my social media accounts on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram &YouTube. Will keep you all posted," he tweeted.
The prime minister is quite active on social media, especially on Twitter where he has 53.3 million followers. With over 30 million followers, Modi is the most followed world leader on Instagram, much ahead of US President Donald Trump who currently has 14.9 million followers.
The Facebook page of the prime minister has been liked by 44,722,235 people and an equal amount of people follow his page.
Within a few minutes, the tweet had been retweeted thousands of times, with many of his followers urging him to reconsider the idea of quitting the social media.
While some wondered if this was his attempt to detoxify or even stem the hate messages being spread through social media, BJP MP Pratap Simha promised to follow the prime minister.
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, reacting to the announcement of the prime minister, asked him to give up hatred and not social media.
"Give up hatred, not social media accounts," Rahul Gandhi tweeted.