The anti-social network: Sena, BJP supporters slug it out online

Sep 24, 2014, 07:11 IST | Varun Singh

As leaders discussed the seat-sharing formula and ways to save the alliance, supporters of both parties were fighting online, criticising Aaditya Thackeray and Amit Shah

Even as leaders of the Shiv Sena and the BJP were discussing the seat-sharing formula and ways to save the alliance at the headquarters of the Mumbai BJP at Dadar’s Vasant Smruti building on Tuesday, on Twitter and Facebook, the supporters of both parties were slugging it out.

The online fight began on Monday evening, after some senior leaders from the BJP took a dig at Aaditya Thackeray, saying he was a junior meeting a senior leader like O P Mathur of the BJP. However, orders from top bosses of both sides led to a truce by late last evening.

The fights starts
The online fight began when a Twitter handle, allegedly associated with the BJP’s IT cell, tweeted late on Monday night that it was Aaditya Thackeray’s mission 150, supported by Uddhav Thackeray, that made the Sena stick to 150 seats and refuse to go below.

Sena supporters on Twitter then started attacking Eknath Khadse of the BJP, who had allegedly made a statement that the Sena shouldn’t have sent a junior like Aaditya to meet a senior leader like Mathur. Many Sena supporters continued to attack the BJP leader claiming he wasn’t supporting the voice of the youth and was against youth participation in politics.

A senior leader from the Sena said, “We cannot take any attacks on the Thackeray family, both the Thackerays, Uddhavji and Aadityaji, are our leaders and we think there’s no harm in Aadityaji meeting the BJP leaders over seat-sharing talks.” At the same time, a senior leader from the BJP claimed that the online attacks were started by Sena supporters, and they equated Amit Shah to rulers like Nadir Shah and Adil Shah.

There were certain messages being circulated, that said when ‘Mughal’ rulers like Nadir Shah and Adil Shah were defeated, who is Amit Shah. Incidentally, both Nadir and Adil Shah are not Mughal rulers, they came from Persia and their dynasty was different. Nadir Shah invaded India and actually defeated the Mughals.

The online fight stopped after leaders of the Sena and BJP, especially Sanjay Raut and Vinod Tawde held a joint conference and claimed that seat-sharing talks were in final stages and both parties were going to contest the elections together.

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