BJP resorts to fake ‘lonely woman’ on Twitter to drum up support for CAA
Rohini Chatterji, Huffington Post, India
January 04, 2020
The Narendra Modi government has made clear that it won’t “budge an inch” on the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) amid non-stop protests across the country against the discriminatory law.
The BJP has gone to many lengths to get support for the CAA, including getting Jaggi Vasudev, a self-styled guru, to speak for it and dismiss the protests. It has set up a phone number asking people to give missed calls to support the CAA. And now, several accounts on Twitter are sharing said phone number, pretending to be a lonely, bored women asking people to call the number. Yep, you read that right.
Not just that, there are other Twitter accounts that claim you will get a free Netflix subscription for 6 months if you call the number. There are others who are claiming pepple need to urgently call them on the number.
This BJP ploy, to “show” numbers in support of the CAA, was pointed out by Twitter user @samjawed65 who took screenshots of all the people claiming to be lonely and asking people to call this BJP number.
A quick look on Twitter reveals that this particular number has been tweeted out by top leaders of the BJP including Amit Shah and BJP MP Shobha Karandlaje. The Karnataka BJP Twitter handle also shared this number.
Now let’s take a look at the Twitter handles pretending to be bored, lonely women and trying to get people to call the number.
I am bored, need to talk, plz give a call on 8866288662, I will give a call back to you. Let’s chat over the phone!
— Prabhasini (@cinnabar_dust) January 4, 2020
Call me 👉👉 8866288662 😘
I’m free right now, waiting ur call😍
— Saru (@Saru81589968) January 4, 2020
Save my number
& Call me😍👇
— सृष्टि शर्मा (@ShrishtySharma) January 4, 2020
This Twitter user claimes to be followed by Modi and Shah as well.
Some users shared the number saying it “call me, urgent”.
— Neha S🚩🇮🇳🚩 (@Neha_ns1) January 4, 2020
This person went a little overboard with the offer of free streaming subscriptions.
Netflix India replied to one of the tweets saying the information was “absolutely fake”.
Want 1000 GB free data Want free Netflix subscription for 6 months?
Call 8866288662 and get Username and Password.
Promotional offer, valid only for first 1000 callers.
Try your luck 👍🏻
— Accidental Engineer (@akhileshdixit70) January 4, 2020
This story first appeared in Huffington Post on January 04, 2020 here.