As the unrest over the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and National Register of Citizens (NRC) continues to boil, the official handle of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) deleted one of its most controversial tweets on Thursday, 19 December.
During the Lok Sabha elections, in one of his campaigns in the first week of April, Home Minister Amit Shah had caused controversy when he said that his party would ensure the implementation of NRC in the entire country.
The operative part was the addition, “We will remove every single infiltrator from the country, except Buddhists, Hindus and Sikhs” – a clear exclusion of Muslims.
This was tweeted out by the party at the time, but late on Thursday as nationwide protests picked up, the official handle deleted it.
‘What’s Done Is Done’ Say Twitter Users
Shortly after, TMC leader Derek O’Brien took a dig at the government and said “The BJP IT cell can delete the tweet. But they can’t delete what the home minister told the Parliament — ‘we will roll out the NRC in all States.’”
Many other Twitter users stated, “What’s done is done,” while others pointed out that the BJP’s Bengal page still had the tweet up.