Gujarat BJP’s social media post removed after row

    A social media post by Gujarat unit of the BJP that depicted Muslims hanging by a noose was made unavailable on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, a day after it sparked massive outrage.

    The post by BJP Gujarat read, “Satyamev Jayate. No pardon to the terror spreader”. Twitter confirmed it had proactively taken action against the post. The post has been actioned in keeping with Twitter rules, according to the public notice.

    The post, which was taken down by Twitter, also subsequently became inaccessible on social media websites such as Facebook and Instagram. On Facebook, it had 5,900 likes and over 28,000 likes on Instagram.

    It came on the heels of a special court in Gujarat on Friday sentencing 38 people to death and 11 others to life imprisonment for serial bomb blasts that killed 56 people and injured 200 more in Ahmedabad in 2008.

    The 49 convicts, which included former Students Islamic Movement of India chief Safdar Nagori, were punished for carrying out 21 blasts that ripped through the city on July 26, 2008 within a span of 70 minutes.

    The condemnation

    Some celebrities took to social media to object to the post. Leading Bollywood actor Richa Chadha asked the Muslim leaders in the BJP, Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, Syed Shahnawaz Hussain and Shazia Ilmi, if they are comfortable with the post.

    Bollywood screenwriter Aniruddha Guha tweeted: “We are officially Germany, circa 1940s.”

    Sanjay Sharma, central committee member of CPIML, said: “BJP Gujarat deserves stern action under criminal law. Election Commission should take notice of this criminal hate-mongering in view of ongoing elections in many states.”

    V Arun another Communist journalist also condemned BJP.

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