Lucknow : In what may alter the political landscape of Uttar Pradesh ahead of the 2012 assembly elections, chief minister Mayawati has requested Digvijay Singh to add Wikileaks’ Julian Assange’s name to the list of persons against who the Congress general secretary has filed a case. Digvijay has filed a case against 22 persons, alleging they “used computers to post highly offensive, menacing, annoying, insulting and injurious content, messages, pictures and other data”.
Diggy Raja has been criticised for his comments on saffron terror, Batla House encounter and Maoism. Mayawati fell foul of Wikileaks when it claimed that she sent an empty aircraft to Mumbai to fetch her favorite sandals. Mayawati retorted by saying Assange should be admitted to Agra mental hospital.
Digvijay has responded positively to Mayawati’s proposal to fight “computer ka aatank” together. And lending his voice to this alliance is Mulayam Singh Yadav who wants to ban all websites which abuse him in English.
“Hum hamesha se angrezi aur komputer, dono ke khilaaf rahe hai. Agar gaali deni hai, to hindi me do taaki hum bhi kada muqabla kar sake. Yeh kya baat huwi ki gaali do aur hum samjhe tareef kar rahe ho,” Mulayam explained.
Digvijay has in fact, named Facebook, Orkut, Twitter, Youtube, Ibibo, newsofdelhi.com, dhimagkharab.com in his complaint. If the police acts against popular social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter, it could seriously affect the social media scene in India. Unconfirmed reports suggested that Mark Zuckerberg has reached out to Assange and told him that Digvijay-Mayawati-Mulayam should be immediately unfriended and blocked.
Meanwhile, Digvijay’s complaint against Twitter has created fissures in the UPA, with Omar Abdullah threatening to pull out his father from the Union cabinet if any action was taken against Twitter. “What will I do during office hours,” he pleaded. “I plan to tweet non-stop against Digvijay Singh till he takes back his complaint and if he does not, I will make Jammu and Kashmir assembly pass a resolution that Digvijay be given no clemency in the world of twitter.”