- Twitter user accused of bigotry, says it was his 'freedom of expression'
- Says is member of Vishwa Hindu Parishad, followed by ministers
- Ola says, like India, it is a secular platform, rejects discrimination
On April 20, he announced that he cancelled the cab because he did not want to give money to "Jihadi People". He enclosed a screenshot of the cancellation, which showed the driver's name -- Masood Alam.
So this bigot who cancelled Ola ride coz driver was a Muslim, is a SM consultant at Ministry of Transport, @UPGovt ! And previously was with Ministry of Commerce, GOI ! Do we expect any action by @myogiadityanath ? pic.twitter.com/v38MeCddRd- :) (@Komal_Indian) April 22, 2018
Responding to his tweet on Saturday evening, Ola cabs said, "Ola, like our country, is a secular platform, and we don't discriminate our driver partners or customers basis their caste, religion, gender or creed. We urge all our customers and driver partners to treat each other with respect at all times."
@Olacabs requesting Ola to ban this guy immediately from ur passenger list and black list him or Ola should tell us they encourage this behaviour o discrimination towards their drivers. https://t.co/HyiDSQyI64- Midhat Kidwai (@midhatkidwai) April 22, 2018
Abhishek Mishra's Facebook profile says he is from Ayodhya and works as an IT professional in Lucknow. He claims he is an active member of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad and Bajrang Dal -- both affiliates of the BJP's ideological mentor Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh -- and "holds responsibility" of the IT cell of the VHP.
As reactions started to pour in, he posted a second message. "People starts attack on me. Can I have no right to choose ? If they can run a campaign against Hanuman ji poster on cab, defamed Hindus and Hindus god in Kathua incident then they must be prepared for reply," this one read.
Then came a justification:
A few other Twitter users too posted tweets in his defence, describing his move as "freedom of expression" and shared screenshots of similar discrimination by other social media users.
If this views acceptable then why my views are not acceptable ? pic.twitter.com/170MWQuBpn- Abhishek Mishra (@Abhishek_Mshra) April 22, 2018