Updated: January 5, 2020 8:50:16 pm
Union Home Minister Amit Shah Sunday rubbished reports that a toll-free number launched by the BJP to register support for the Citizenship Amendment Act was linked to Netflix.
While addressing a ‘Booth Karyakarta Sammelan’ in Delhi, Shah said the number was launched for people to give missed calls and show their support to the law, and had nothing to do with Netflix. “Since yesterday, rumours are being spread that the number belongs to some channel called Netflix. I would like to clarify that the number never belonged to Netflix. Rather, it is the BJP’s toll-free number,” Shah was quoted by ANI as saying.
Since Saturday, some social media users had been sharing the toll-free number with the claim that it would activate a six-month free subscription to the video streaming platform.
— BJP (@BJP4India) January 2, 2020
However, Netflix on Saturday denied it was offering a free subscription. “This is absolutely fake. If you want free Netflix please use someone else’s account like the rest of us,” it tweeted.
This is absolutely fake. If you want free Netflix please use someone else’s account like the rest of us. https://t.co/PHhwdA3sEI
— Netflix India (@NetflixIndia) January 4, 2020
The number was shared in other ways too. While some Twitter users claimed giving a missed call on the number could win people free mobile data, others shared the number simply saying they ‘would like a chat’.
The BJP has announced a door-to-door campaign as the next step of its outreach programme on the CAA. As part of this, senior leaders, including party chief and Home Minister Amit Shah, will reach out to people and counter the “misleading campaign by the Opposition” over the new citizenship law.
The party expects to connect to 3 crore people with its door-to-door campaign and hold around 1 lakh small meetings across different states, along with a signature campaign.
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