Prashant Bhushan is a former founding member of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and is himself a lawyer. On Monday, January 2, the Supreme Court ruled that it is illegal to seek votes in the name of religion, caste, creed or language. The judgement concludes a hearing on a petition against a 1995 ruling which said that Hinduism is a way of life and, therefore, its use during elections is not corrupt practice.
Following Monday’s judgement Prashant Bhushan tweeted this:
Very important SC Jt today that seeking votes on basis of religion(Hindutva) is a corrupt practice& cannot be permitted in secular democracy https://t.co/QleVoFFKCZ
— Prashant Bhushan (@pbhushan1) January 2, 2017
The problem with his tweet is that he singles out Hindutva whereas the Supreme Court ruling is for every religion, caste, creed or language.
Twitterati wasted no time in trolling him for his understanding of the judgement:
Where SC lawyer begins with a communal tweet. In his mind anti-Modi means anti-hinduism and anti-India. https://t.co/miZqfYBAdJ
— Vivek Agnihotri (@vivekagnihotri) January 2, 2017
@pbhushan1 ,useless fellow , seeking votes in name of Jesus & Allah OK?Stop ur nonsense. Hv guts & say no Haj Subsidy,minority reservation .Advertisement
— C.R.GUPTA (@GuptaCR) January 2, 2017
– @pbhushan1 सर जी यह बकवास थोड़ी कम करो तो बढ़िया,
सुप्रीम कोर्ट का फैसला सिर्फ ‘हिदुत्व’ पर नहीं है
यह सभी धर्म, जाति के भेड़ियों पर है
— Sanjeev Goyal (@sanjeev_goyal) January 2, 2017
— Xtreme Nationalist (@kkalpu) January 2, 2017
— Roopal Sharad (@roops91) January 2, 2017
In their ruling the seven-judge bench did not comment on Hindutva or Hinduism but on the use of all religions in garnering votes.