The man, Abhishek Mishra, who claims to be linked to Vishwa Hindu Parishad, has a few big names among his 14.2k followers on Twitter account — defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman, petroleum minister Dharmendra Pradhan and minister of culture Mahesh Sharma.
A post by a man that he cancelled an Ola cab because the driver happened to be a Muslim, has triggered a huge debate on Twitter.
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.
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.
“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,” as reactions started to pour in, he posted this second message.
“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,” in a tweet, Ola cabs said.