Former Union minister and controversial BJP MP Anantkumar Hegde on Sunday fired a salvo against Twitter India for its alleged 'anti-India stand' and blocking him 'with very prejudiced intentions'. The MP from Uttara Kannada has also written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi against the 'Digital colonisation' by a corporate entity.
Hegde, in a Facebook post on Sunday said he took offence against a Khalistan supporter and the 'hidden agenda of the Tablighi Jamat movement within India'.
He said he had written to the Prime Minister and Home Minister Amit Shah on April 20 against Gurupatwant Singh Pannun advocating independence of Punjab by advocating formation of Khalistan.
"As a consequence of the two bold steps taken by me, on April 24, 2020 my official Twitter account got blocked by Twitter India Inc.," the MP alleged in the post.
The MP shared the message he received from Twitter where he was asked to delete the tweets that violate its rules.
Twitter also said that if he felt that it has made a mistake, he can appeal the violation.
Hegde said he would not delete the tweet "because it was to expose the wrong being done under the umbrella of a religion.
Undoubtedly I am not against any religion, but being an Indian, I will never allow any person or organisation to spread hatred or to provoke people to indulge in any anti- social or anti-national activity.
"I stand affirm on my statement and will defend it strongly," Hegde stated.
Hedge’s statements suggest him following suit of Bollywood actress Kangana Ranaut who also urged the central government to demolish Twitter, after her sister Rangoli Chandel’s account was suspended due to hate speech.
The MP wrote to Modi on Saturday against Twitter India about "selective targeting" of several national handles and pro-Indian handles by suspending or locking rampantly in the past few months.
He alleged that the Twitter account of decorated veterans had been suspended without notice.
He also charged some twitter handles with targeting the Prime Minister and Home Minister for their own pecuniary interests.
With inputs from PTI