The official twitter account of Shailesh J Mehta School Of Management (SJMSoM) on Monday (22 April) tweeted in reply to a political commentator that “people are not stupid enough to vote for BJP”.
Following the subsequent outrage the tweet was deleted and a defence of “compromised twitter handle” was posted by the official handle.
In a reply to a tweet by popular political commentator and columnist Shefali Vaidya, the twitter account of SJMSoM had replied that, “Because Hinduism and Hindutva are not the same. Being religious and being stupid are two different things. People here are religious but not stupid enough to vote for #BJP”.
As per Vaidya, SJMSoM’s tweet was in context of people in West Bengal who it claimed are not stupid enough to vote for the BJP.
After people objected to a public educational institution openly professing toxic political viewpoints, the tweet was deleted from the account. The handle later put out an apology for the tweet and used that defence that its account was “compromised”.
Social media users since then have asked the college to clarify whether its account was hacked or someone having access to the account posted an unauthorised tweet. They also demanded what action would be taken in this respect.
Incidentally, a few months earlier the official twitter account of the International Cricket Council (ICC) had shared an anti-Modi tweet. The council had later apologised and claimed to have initiated an inquiry,
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