Days after External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj faced nasty trolling by her own BJP supporters, allegedly belonging to the saffron party’s IT cell, she has decided to take her abusive critics head on.
The affable minister launched a Twitter poll on Saturday night asking people if they endorsed those abusive trolls, who had been giving her grief. Swaraj wrote, “Friends : I have liked some tweets. This is happening for the last few days. Do you approve of such tweets ? Please RT.”
Friends : I have liked some tweets. This is happening for the last few days. Do you approve of such tweets ? Please RT
— Sushma Swaraj (@SushmaSwaraj) June 30, 2018
As of 8 am on Sunday morning, nearly 60 percent respondents had voted ‘No.’ But worryingly, nearly 40 percent of those who took part in the vote had supported the abusive trolls, who targeted Swaraj recently. Nearly 55,000 people have cast their votes within nine hours of it being launched.
On Saturday, a BJP troll, Mukesh Gupta, had made a hasty exit from Twitter after the union minister’s husband, Swaraj Kaushal, decided to name and shame him publicly. This was after a Twitter user, Mukesh Gupta, who claimed to be from IIT Delhi, posted abhorring remarks targeting the external affairs minister.
Tagging Swaraj Kaushal, the troll had written “When she (Sushma Swaraj) comes home tonight why don’t you beat her up and teach her not to do Muslim appeasement tell her Muslims will never ever vote for BJP (sic)”
Few hours later, Swaraj Kaushal copied his incredibly objectionable tweet, which called for violence against the union minister, and wrote, “Friends, please see this.”
Last week, as many as 30,000 Facebook users had attacked the union minister’s personal page to post negative reviews in order to bring its ratings down. Faced with incessant trolling, Swaraj had removed the ‘reviews’ button from her page.
The BJP’s troll army had then attacked her using calls for assassination and insulting remarks. The religious fanatics within the BJP were not happy that the external affairs minister had helped an interfaith couple, who alleged harassment by a passport officer in Lucknow. Reacting swiftly, the ministry had ordered the transfer of Vikas Mishra, while issuing passports to Tanvi Seth and her Muslim husband Anas Siddiqui.