Angry BJP supporters bring down Sushma Swaraj’s rating on Facebook, minister removes ‘Reviews’ option

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Union External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has been one BJP minister in the Centre’s Narendra Modi government, who has often earned plaudits from citizens for adding a humane touch to her ministry.

From ailing Pakistani patients wanting to travel to India to Indians placed in a spot of bother overseas, Swaraj has bailed them out all using her social media pages, particularly Twitter.  No wonder she enjoys support from people cutting across political ideologies.

Only a few days ago, she had asked for strict action against an officer for the delay in issuing a passport to a child on the grounds of conducting a police verification.

Taking to Twitter, an angry Swaraj had said that the existing rules did not warrant a police verification for a child while applying for a new passport. She wrote, “Police verification is not required for children. I have asked the @CPVIndia to give her the passport without police verification and take strict action against the concerned officer.”

But on Saturday, the affable minister was facing nasty backlash on her Facebook page from her own BJP supporters, some of whom even demanded her removal from Modi’s cabinet for allegedly being too secular. This was after her ministry’s intervention had resulted in the transfer of a passport officer in Lucknow.

Vikas Mishra, the passport officer in question, was transferred after he allegedly asked a Muslim man, married to a Hindu woman, to convert to Hinduism in order to have his application for passport renewal approved. Mishra vehemently denied the charge while speaking to the media, but it was too late to save himself from being transferred.

As for the applicants, an inter-faith couple, they were immediately issued new passports soon after the ministry’s intervention.

The decision by the MEA did not go down well with fanatic elements within the BJP, who took to Swaraj’s Facebook page and began to post nasty and abusive comments against the minister while reviewing her page negatively. Such was the campaign that Swaraj’s page’s rating went down from 4.3 (out of 5) star to 1.4 star in just a few hours. According to an estimate, more than 30,000 reviews took place in a span of just a few hours.

One user, Dr Pankaj Pandey, taunted the minister while giving 1 star to the page and wrote,  “Sushma Swaraj ji’s Facebook page down to 1.5 * from 4.3 * in a single day. That’s the right of expression. It’s actually the reminder government’s slogan ‘Appeasement for none, justice for all.” Another BJP supporter Sumit Gupta too taunted while giving one star to the page, “You too have been bitten by the insect called secularism Sushma ji?” Another user wrote that Swaraj did not deserve even 1 star. (See the comments screenshots below)

Faced with incessant trolling, the admin of Swaraj’s Facebook page had removed the review option from the union minister’s account.

Interestingly, trolling of one of Modi’s senior ministers by her own supporters has come just days after media reports said that BJP was reportedly hiring at least 2 lakh trained ‘social media experts’ to help party ahead of the next year’s Lok Sabha polls.

It’s not clear whether the ‘review attack’ that Swaraj experienced on Saturday with more than 30,000 posts (most giving her one star/poor rating) was one of the first surgical strikes against a seemingly secular BJP minister by the BJP’s digital warriors in preparation for the 2019 election campaign.

5 COMMENTS

  1. The fanatic elements within the BJP? How many non fanatics are there in the BJP? How many fanatics are outside the BJP?

  2. Only goes to prove the insanity of BJP followers that they thought it was ok to question someone’s marriage!

  3. It is because of pseudo-secular media. It is they who said Sushma intervened. Also, MEA should explain who transfered the passport officer if it was not Sushma Swaraj.

  4. Such a fake news article. I dare you to write the full story.
    Passport application-Tanvi Seth
    Voter ID-Tanvi Anas
    Aadhar-Tanvi Anas Siddique
    Capgemini badge-Tanvi Seth
    Nikaahnama-Shadia Anas Siddique

    She wants a Hindu name in passport while showing her muslim name document. Why? Because the non-racist world does not want muslims in. There she wants to use Hindu name.
    This Sushma Swaraj and the secular media together did another insult to Hinduism saying it is forcing to convert to Hinduism and publicly suspend the officer.
    Now if they privately stop transfer also, it is not enough.
    It is not just honour of the officer. It is the maligning of Hindus in the name of this ‘force to convert’ fake news, that caused anger.
    Why cant you publish what is already known in public domain?

  5. Besides planting fake news of “fanatic” Hindus “abusing” an innocent minister who was helping an innocent muslim masquerading under Hindu name with false address to get a fake passport, media is doing a bigger crime by suppressing the news of fake improvement of Mrs Sushma’s ratings by IT-cell of BJP during past few days. If you want proof, go to my Facebook page. I had started this campaign of bringing down her rating, and I am neither fanatic nor a member of BJP or of any political party. Her hackers have already hacked the Facebook passwords of nearly 15000 persons and are changing their reviews from 1* to 5*, they are hacking nearly 5000 facebookers per day. My account was hacked twice. You will read a large number of complaints on my Facebook page. I never used uncivil words, why my review was deleted and why I was blocked ? We are not against Muslims, we are against unlawful transfer of a law abiding officer.

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