The Bharatiya Janata Party has filed cases against a man who reportedly tweeted “vulgar” cartoons of Prime Minister Narendra Modi from his Twitter handle.
According to reports, multiple complaints have been filed against Mitesh Patel across the country for defaming PM Modi.
The Times of India reports that the BJP’s Karnataka IT cell lodged a complaint against Mitesh Patel on Thursday with the Malleshwaram police. They took offence to Mitesh’s cartoon titled “Nationalism”, and maintained that their anger was justified.
In the cartoon, Mitesh made references to the recent controversy over ABVP issuing rape threats to a Kargil martyr's daughter.
“The BJP would like to lodge this complaint with a strong sense of righteous anger and anguish against Mr Patel, as he has caricatured the Prime Minister of India in a most demeaning, disrespectful and distasteful manner,” K Amresh, convenor of the BJP IT cell, Karnataka, who lodged the complaint against Mitesh, who is believed to be a resident of Gujarat.
Mitesh Patel has been accused of promoting enmity between groups, publishing obscene material on social media, and inciting people to cause offence.
Deputy commissioner of police (north) Labhu Ram confirmed to TOI that the police received a complaint against Mitiesh Patel: “We have received the complaint and will verify the facts before filing an FIR and registering a case,” he was quoted as saying.
Meanwhile in Lucknow, IP Singh, a BJP leader from Lucknow and a former Uttar Pradesh minister, too, lodged an FIR against Mitesh.
“I decided to file an FIR after reading the response of several women and girls, who demanded immediate police action against him,” he told Hindustan Times. He accused Mitesh of having allegiance to AAP and Congress, arguing that the header his Twitter account had the picture of Arvind Kejriwal.
BJP spokesperson Shantaram said that members of the party and the RSS will file cases against Mitesh.