With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility. As head of the BJP’s IT cell Amit Malviya should be quite aware about the quote. Malviya tweeted out a picture of Rahul Gandhi saying “Rahul Gandhi visited Dera Sacha Sauda as recently as Jan 2017 to seek support… Congress rules Punjab. What quid pro quo did they promise?”
But unfortunately, it was not a picture of Gurmeet Ram Rahim with Rahul. It was taken from an Indian Express article that clearly stated the Congress leader was visiting Dera Sach Khand Ballan. He was meeting with its head Sant Niranjan Dass.
Malviya’s timeline has several tweets that are all about pointing fingers at the Congress and Rahul Gandhi. But what bothers many BJP supporters is what’s the point targeting Rahul Gandhi when usually he himself gets into the poltical trap. Malviya’s tweet flurry is about changing the conversation to the misdeeds of the Congress which no one other than the Congress wants to contest.
Being an IT head, Amit Malviya needs to understand the fact that social media is one of the most vibrant media in India and fake news does not last long. It takes a few Google search to get the facts and the real agenda behind the tweet and it’s target. Doesn’t an IT Head of the ruling political party verify data and facts before putting it into public domain. Definitely, political and ideological opponents are not going to let you go easily. With fake news you are not only giving your opponents an advantage to attack you but also degrading the image of the party you represent.