The Odisha unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Wednesday came down heavily on the ruling Biju Janata Dal (BJD) over vulgar remarks made on senior leader Lekhasree Samantsinghar on social media.
Addressing a presser, BJP Mahila Morcha State unit president Smruti Patnaik said that women leaders of the party are being targeted with filthy abuses on social media for criticising Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik’s policies.
“We have filed several FIRs with the police regarding instances of dirty languages being used against our women leaders on the social media. But the police have not arrested a single person so far,” Smruti Patnaik alleged.
The Mahila Morcha president read out names of some of the persons who have posted the vulgar remarks against Lekhasree, who is the State general secretary of the party.
“Naveen Patnaik is well aware of this and giving tacit patronage to such activities. If he is not supporting this, why no action is being taken against the culprits in this regard so far,” she questioned.
Earlier, Lakhashree and BJP IT cell had lodged a complaint with the Superintendent of Cyber Branch, Odisha in this regard. Besides, the party had written to the Facebook grievance officer in India complaining against the accused persons who had been using vulgar words about Lekhashree on the Facebook.
“The abusers are using social media platform as a means of settling political scores by intimidating a woman as a group of trolls,” the complaint letter said.
The party had requested Facebook to identify the abusers and block their profiles as the earliest.
The reaction of BJD on the allegations could not be obtained.