Mumbai: Singer Sonu Nigam on Wednesday announced he will quit Twitter and has urged all “logical and sensible patriots” to do the same, following the suspension of singer Abhijeet Bhattacharya’s micro-blogging account.
“I quit Twitter today in defiance of this one sided sham,” Sonu Nigam tweeted.
He said: “One could disagree with Abhijeetda’s language but isn’t Shehla’s accusation that BJP has a sex racket, provocation enough to supporters?”
“If his account is deleted, why not her? And the other morons who hurl… abuses to every achiever?” he asked.
Sonu Nigam also referenced actor and BJP parliamentarian Paresh Rawal who has been lacerated online after tweeting that author Arundhati Roy should be ‘tied to army jeep.’ Mr Nigam said in his tweets that he is deleting his account because Twitter is ‘one-sided’ and ‘everyone is angry.’
Sonu Nigam also advised to take screenshots of the 24 tweets he posted announcing his departure from Twitter – so we’ve done just that. Mr Nigam had nearly 6.5 million followers on the micro-blogging site. Read his posts:
Twitter on Tuesday suspended the account of Abhijeet over sexist and offensive remarks, which stirred up a storm online.
In a series of tweets, Abhijeet abused some women users, particularly JNU student-activist Shehla Rashid, following which Twitter took the action.
When Shehla openly discussed about sex scandals involving BJP leaders, she was “abused by Abhijeet and hundreds of Sanghi trolls”.
In reply to her statement, Abhijeet had tweeted: “There is a rumour she took money in advance for two hours and didn’t satisfy the client. Big racket.”
— Aditya Menon (@AdityaMenon22) May 23, 2017
Ms Rashid then thanked people for their support and wrote.
Sincere thanks to everyone for the support. Abhijit had to delete his tweet.
His Twitter account has also been suspended. 🙂
— Shehla Rashid (@Shehla_Rashid) May 23, 2017