Will BJP be ‘back soon’?

New Delhi: The ruling Bhartiya Janata Party’s website, bjp.org, is sending out a misleading message as if the party is losing the election and so “We’ll be back soon!”

Anyone trying to have a look at the website to know what all the BJP is doing in this general election period will be flabbergasted from this message perpetuating for the past fortnight. The party refuses to say if its website has been hacked. Instead, the details of the message read: “Sorry for the inconvenience but we’re performing some maintenance at the moment. We will be back online shortly.”

Discreet inquiries show that crashing of the website is a farce since the BJP”s network is fully functional enabling communication of the leaders in the party headquarters with the party leaders and workers up to the booth level.

Those in the business of running the websites and maintaining the computer system point out that the entire network of the BJP is based on Linux that just cannot be hacked or sabotaged with viruses since any computer so infected automatically gets isolated to prevent any further damage to the network as that is the beauty of Linux operating system unlike the Microsoft window-based computers.

They also point out that the BJP has some good hands of the industry who could have made the website running in less than 24 hours and therefore it remaining non-functional for a complete fortnight is surprising unless they have brought down the website on their own for some other reason.

Moreover, the maintenance does not take whole of two weeks. Maybe, some of the information on the website was found not conducive for the party and so the BJP leadership asked its computer department to just pull down the website.

Its engineers could have easily mounted another website with a minimal of information and that takes no time with a battery of personnel working in the computer department manning all communication on their own with no outside agency engaged for the purpose.

The media is at a loss as the reporters used to regularly check the website to keep updated on the latest developments in the BJP. For the first 10 days, they kept getting messages to check their email or the website for this or that news. It”s only now that the SMS messages do not refer to the website at all.

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