Controversial IAS officer, Sanjay Dixit, once again faced Twitter roasting on Saturday after he posted a ‘fake’ news from his handle. His action caused widespread outrage with Karnataka government issuing an instant rebuttal making it clear that the tweet posted by Dixit was fake.
Dixit, known for posting pro-Hindutva and anti-Islam tweets despite being in active government service, had posted a news from fake propaganda website, Postcard News, accusing the Karnataka government of charging ‘Rs 10 lakhs to celebrate Ganesh Chaturthi.’
He wrote, “Karnataka: Hindus need to deposit Rs 10 Lakhs to celebrate Ganesh Chaturthi. (sic)”
Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee’s working president, Dinesh Gundu Rao, wrote, “As usual disinformation by the #Bhakts rules the roost. Desperate attempt 2 portray @CMofKarnataka as anti Hindu. There is no such orders.”
Another prominent Congress functionary from Karnataka, MLC Rizwan Arshad, too challenged Dixit for spreading fake news accusing the serving IAS officer as ‘boot licking bhakt.’ Bhakt is a derogatory term used for the blind supporters of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
He wrote, “Mr @Sanjay_Dixit apart 4m boot licking bhakt, u are an IAS officer! Seems u r as FAKE as postcard.”
— Rizwan Arshad (@ArshadRizwan) August 12, 2017
Undeterred by criticism on fake news, Dixit responded by calling the Congress politician as ‘Tipu bhakt.’ Arshad replied saying that ‘Yes a proud Tippu Bhakt (is) much better then being a Mahatma killer Godse bhakt.’
Tipu Sultan was a Muslim ruler of Mysore in Karnataka famous for his bravery and sacrificing his life fighting the British. Nathuram Godse, who killed India’s father of the nation, Mahatma Gandhi, is a revered figure among the supporters of the RSS in India.
Fearing a trouble for himself for defaming an elected government by using a fake news, Dixit later deleted his tweet (see above).
Dixit was embroiled in huge controversy for his defamatory tweets against Janta Ka Reporter and its founder, Rifat Jawaid. He had also posted personal details of Rifat’s family. Once again, he was forced to delete those tweets. This had come in contrast to his public claims that he never deleted his tweets.
His social media activity has often prompted many to ask how a serving officer was being allowed to continuously post against a certain religion and political parties thereby committing a serious of the Service (Conduct) Rules laid down for IAS officers.