New Delhi, Dec 27, 2016: Bharatiya Janata Party social media cell was instructed, among others by the party’s IT cell head, to build pressure on e-commerce platform Snapdeal to dump the actor Aamir Khan as its brand ambassador after he appeared to criticise the government.
Khan had created a stir in late 2015 by saying that his wife Kiran Rao had wondered whether they should move out of the country due to the rising intolerance.
The revelation has been made by a former volunteer of the party’s social media team, Sadhavi Khosla. She shared purported WhatsApp messages sent to her with journalist Swati Chaturvedi whose book I am a Troll is being published by Juggernaut.
As per claims, the volunteer also revealed to Swati Chaturvedi that the BJP social media cell had organised a campaign to get Khan removed as the brand ambassador of Snapdeal. The volunteer has claimed that the messages were sent to her by Arvind Gupta, head of the BJP IT cell.
Earlier, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar had also commented: “I am only trying to point out… If anyone speaks like this, he has to be taught a lesson of his life.”