BJP on Thursday broke its silence on Prime Minister Narendra Modi following ‘bitch fame troll’ on Twitter amidst condemnation over him calling journalist Gauri Lankesh a ‘bitch,’ who had died a dog’s death.
While strongly defending the prime minister’s act, the statement from the party’s IT Cell chief, Amit Malviya, said, “The controversy over Prime Minister following people on Twitter is mischievous and contorted. PM Modi is the only leader who freely engages with people on social media platforms. He follows normal people and frequently interacts with them on various issues.”
The statement then goes on to liken Dadhich to the Congress vice president, Rahul Gandhi and Delhi chief minister, Arvind Kejriwal, thereby justifying the abuses hurled by Dadhich at a brutally assassinated journalist.
It said, “PM following someone is not a character certificate of a person and is not in any way a guarantee of how a person would conduct himself. However, PM also follows Rahul Gandhi, who’s an accused in loot and fraud. PM also follows Arvind Kejriwal, who abused him on Twitter and told a woman ‘settle kar lo’ when she complained of a party member molesting her. PM still follows Parthesh Patel, a former BJP volunteer, who joined Congress and abused PM in the worst possible language.”
It added, “this debate is also a one-way street. Rahul is never questioned for the abuse by Tehseen Poonawalla, who also happened to be his relative. Kejriwal is never questioned for the abuse and rape threats his supporters shower on others. Thus, this debate is not only farcical and fake, but also an exhibit of selective right to freedom of expression.”
The saffron party has been facing global condemnation after PM Modi’s supporters celebrated the gunning down Bangalore-based journalist, Gauri Lankesh, who was known for his criticism for the right-wing Hindutva politics.
One troll, who is followed by PM Modi on Twitter had called the deceased journalist a ‘bitch,’ who had died a dog’s death.
Union IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad had taken to Twitter to condemn the PM’s followers, who rejoiced the death of a journalist. He later trolled by the RSS followers for his decision to deplore the right-wing supporters’ act.
Dadhich’s photo with Information and Broadcasting Minister Smriti Irani had then gone viral conclusively establishing his access to top BJP leadership.
We contacted BJP office to confirm if the state being attributed to Malviya was true. The officials at 11 Ashoka Road office said the statement indeed had come from the party.