Tripura, Aug 16: Governor of Tripura Tathagata Roy made a major faux-pas Thursday by announcing on Twitter that former Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee had passed away. The tweet went viral on social media.
Roy even wrote a small tribute for Vajpayee, calling him a "silver-tongued orator" and a "very bright star on India’s political firmament".
Minutes later, though, Roy realized his blunder and tweeted an apology, saying he believed something "told by an all-India TV channel". He also deleted his previous tweet on Vajapee.
He also tweeted that,"I am sorry I tweeted something upon being told by an all-India TV channel. I had taken it to be authentic. There has so far been no official announcement. I have deleted my tweet. Sorry again"
The 93-year-old Vajpayee has been admitted in the All Indian Institute of Medical Sciences since 11 June, after he was diagnosed with a kidney tract infection. Over the past 24 hours, AIIMS has stated his condition to be critical and he is on a ventilator.