ON THE day that she took charge as Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare, Anupriya Patel Wednesday lodged a complaint with the Delhi Police alleging that fake Twitter accounts were trying to “tarnish” her “social and political image”.
She wrote a letter to Delhi Police Commissioner Alok Kumar Verma, specifically mentioning a controversial tweet by a handle named @anupriya_patel.
Two communal tweets from the handle, both with the hashtag #UPWillChange, that had allegedly been deleted, resurfaced on the microblogging site after Patel’s inclusion in the Union Council of Ministers on Tuesday.
One of the tweets prompted former AAP member and Supreme Court advocate Prashant Bhusan to take to Twitter.
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“Anupriya Patel’s now deleted tweet playing BJP’s communal card in UP shows why she is inducted ahead of UP polls,” he tweeted.
Bhushan’s colleague Yogendra Yadav tweeted: “If it’s genuine, then @anupriya_patel has no business to be in the Cabinet of India. What else is hate speech?”
Speaking to The Indian Express, Patel said: “That is not my authentic Twitter account, it is a bogus account. We have filed an FIR and also asked Delhi Police to take action. I don’t subscribe to such views. We will send you a copy of the FIR.”
In her complaint, Patel told the Delhi Police chief: “There are several fake Twitter accounts active in my name, and I bring this to your notice that in future they might be used to tarnish my social and political image. My official Twitter handle is @AnupriyaSPatel. A handle named @anupriya_patel has posted an insulting tweet. A snapshot of the same has been attached with the complaint. Kindly investigate the matter at the earliest.”