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Fans Slam PV Sindhu, Saina Nehwal, Mary Kom For Copy-Pasting Tweet

In a grand gesture to acknowledge Prime Minister Narendra Modi's "initiative to honour and empower women," celebrated Indian sportspersons took to Twitter to strangely, share the same message

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Fans Slam PV Sindhu, Saina Nehwal, Mary Kom For Copy-Pasting Tweet

On the eve of Diwali, the festival light, celebrated Indian women sportspersons lent their support to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Bharat Laxmi initiative, which empowers women of the country, but ended up angering fans. (More Sports News)

And the reason: copy-pasting a tweet, which reads "I thank @narendramodi for his initiative to honour and empower women this Diwali. Acknowledgement motivates us to work harder and make India proud. #bharatkilaxmi."

As some fans suggested, they could have made the message personalised. Or, a better option would have been to retweet.

It purportedly started with a tweet from the official handle of union sports minister Kiren Rijiju. In the tweet, Rijiju wrote: "This Diwali, let's all celebrate womanhood. Societies grow when women are empowered and their accomplishments are given a place of pride! PM @narendramodi ji has appealed everyone to celebrate #BharatKiLaxmi for the extraordinary success of the women of India."

Pratik Sinha, who runs fact-checking site AltNews, then shared a tweet with screengrabs of 'the message' conveyed by the likes of boxing great Mary Kom and her rival Nikhat Zareeen, badminton queens Saina Nehwal and PV Sindhu, table tennis star Manika Batra and wrestler Pooja Dhanda.

Sinha also pointed out that Dhanda in fact "forgot to remove the "Text: " bit which was to be stripped off before tweeting rest of the text."

In reaction to the post, Indian fans expressed their shock.

Here are some reactions:

Last month, Modi had urged people to launch a campaign to honour daughters who have made a mark with their achievements in various fields for the public good.

"Daughters are considered as Lakshmi in our culture. Can't we felicitate daughters in our villages and cities by holding public programmes?" Modi had suggested in his monthly 'Mann ki Baat' radio address.

The Prime Minister said on Diwali, Goddess Lakshmi is welcomed at homes as it is believed that she brings prosperity and happiness.

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