After what seemed to be a bizarre flow of events, Twitter had to suspend the “official” account of Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) led by Mayawati.
In a poster tweeted yesterday by the account @BspUp2017 (the alleged official account of BSP), numerous opposition leaders were seen sharing the same platform with BSP chief Mayawati, including Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav, former president of Indian National Congress Sonia Gandhi, West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee, Rashtriya Janta Dal (RJD) leaders Lalu Prasad Yadav, Tejaswi Yadav and Janta Dal (United) leader Sharad Yadav. The poster was meant to be an effort to unite all the opposition party leaders against the establishment.
As with Twitter, this poster featuring rival party leaders together became viral within a few minutes and subsequently reached Mayawati without much delay.
Needless to say, this irked the BSP supremo a great deal, especially the idea of Mayawati sharing the same platform with her arch-rival Akhilesh Yadav. She expressed her angst against the alleged official Twitter handle of her party and rejected BSP’s association with the Twitter account. Neither she nor her party took the responsibility of having circulated the poster across the social media channel.
Clarifying that BSP never had any official Twitter account, Mayawati said everything written or announced in the poster was absolutely wrong and misleading and that her party does not bear any responsibility for the poster whatsoever.
Thereafter, Twitter suspended the account with immediate effect.
Further clarifying her stance, Mayawati said in a statement that there has been certain news related to her participation in the opposition rally proposed by Lalu Prasad Yadav scheduled to be held on August 27. However, she dismissed the news as false.
Mayawati also said that BSP issues separate press releases that help them reach all the sections of the society efficiently, unlike the social media channels which are mostly handled by, and cater to, the privileged.