After leaving netizens baffled about his social media exit, Prime Minister Narendra Modi finally decided to break the suspense over the unprecedented announcement. 

After much debate and speculation, PM Modi revealed that he took this step on the account of the upcoming occasion of Women's Day. The prime minister said he will give away his social media accounts to women whose life & work inspire the country.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses at the inaugural ceremony of the four refurbished Heritage Buildings, in Kolkata.IANS

On Tuesday, Feb 3, PM Modi put out a tweet which explained this move and said, "This Women's Day, I will give away my social media accounts to women whose life & work inspire us. This will help them ignite motivation in millions. Are you such a woman or do you know such inspiring women? Share such stories using #SheInspiresUs."

On Feb 2, Monday, PM Modi tweeted, "This Sunday, thinking of giving up my social media accounts on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram & YouTube. Will keep you all posted.

PM Modi, the world's 2nd most followed politician on Twitter

With over 53 million followers, the Indian PM is the world's second most followed politician on Twitter after US President Donald Trump. On Facebook, PM Modi has 44,721,549 likes and 44,600,158 followers. He is also among the most followed world leaders on Instagram with over 35 million followers. On YouTube, as many as 4.5 million people follow him.

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India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi.Reuters

Modi is considered among the world's most social media-friendly politicians. Although he has not addressed a single press conference as prime minister, he takes pride in communicating directly with his supporters via Twitter, Facebook and other social media accounts.

His popularity on social media can be understood with the fact that in less than one hour, Modi's tweet in which he had made the announcement about giving up social media accounts has garnered over 45 thousand likes and more than 15,000 retweets.

Netizens request PM Modi not to exit social media

More than 30 thousand people flooded his post with comments. While some requested him not to quit social media, the others took a jibe and asked to resign as well. "No sir. Please rethink your decision. It will be difficult for us to express our feelings to you. Only this is the way you are in direct contact with normal citizens," wrote one user.

"Are you going to the cave? Give up the Prime Ministership before you go. Best thing ever. You are the PM. Stop these silly Par exercises and diversions. Thanks," wrote another. After Prime Minister Narendra Modi declared that he would quit.