The Aam Aadmi Party has been known to play the victim every chance they get. Last week the Election Commission disqualified 20 of their MLAs for holding ‘office of profit’. The recommendation has since been approved by The President of India and AAP’s subsequent moves against it has been stalled by the Delhi High Court. In the desperation to claim victimhood, the party and its supporters, even CM Arvind Kejriwal himself have been clutching at any virtual rope thrown towards them.
A parody account attributed to former Supreme Court Judge Markandey Katju made a satirical tweet toying with the idea that the EC’s decision of disqualifying 20 AAP MLAs is “pure vendetta”. As luck would have it AAP supporters soon picked it up as “news” and started retweeting.
Unbelievable as it may sound but a baseless tweet by a parody account was soon converted to “news” where TV24 News Channel made it into a statement issued by Justice Katju himself.
Twitter user @Being_Humor pointed out this was a parody account but it was too late by then.
In four screenshot you’ll see the IQ of @kapsology. News based on a tweet of a parody account RTed by Aapiyas. ??
— Maithun (@Being_Humor) January 22, 2018
Even AAP supremo Arvind Kejriwal retweeted it.
Justice Katju tweets from his handle @mkatju and the parody handle is named as @KatjuPCI. As pointed out to Arvind Kejriwal and especially TV24 News Channel, PCI stands for Private Citizen of India and it is evident from the name itself that the said handle belongs to a parody account. Twitterati had a field day making fun of the said news channel and AAP supporters.
Are you really a news channel? Do u have any real reporters or content editors?? This is a parody handle like the parody journalism u ppl do…..
It’s exactly same to same??
— Rajesh Jain (@raj_virgo) January 22, 2018
Itni verification to hum aam log bhi Kar lete hain aisa koi controversial tweet aane pe. The (so called) journalists should be be more careful?
— Tulsidas Keats (@Mabhilash) January 23, 2018