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HindustanTimes Wed,17 Sep 2014

Satire website on Narendra Modi's plans taken off

Agencies  New Delhi, July 17, 2013
First Published: 23:10 IST(17/7/2013) | Last Updated: 12:45 IST(18/7/2013)

A website, Narendramodiplans.com, which promised a detailed explanation of how Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi plans to run the nation if elected as the prime minister, has been taken off after having received 60,000 unique visitors in 20 hours.

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The website was essentially a one page -- simple javascript application' with the BJP leader's picture that told visitors to click on an option to know more about his plans for 2014 Lok Sabha elections.

Only that, the option itself kept moving around and it could not be clicked on.

It was seen as a satire on Modi’s evasive attitude when it came to topics like the 2002 riots in Gujarat.

The content, perceived as harming the public reputation of the BJP strongman from Gujarat, has been removed from the site and the following message appears:

"I quit. In a country with freedom of speech, I assumed that I am allowed to make decent satire on any politician more particularly if it's constructive. Clearly, I was wrong. Apparently, you could make fun of only the leading party like @fakingnews with morphed pics, dirty jokes, cartoons and whatever, but dare you touch the opposition with javascript, they'll haunt you down. So, the first day was fun with 60,000 hits in 20 hours. And that's that."

But now, if one visits the site, even this statement has been taken off and the URL now leads to an error message.

Earlier, the website had the following text:

"For a detailed explanation of how Mr Narendra Modi plans to run the nation if elected to the house as a Prime Minister and also for his view/perspective on 2002 riots please click the link below."

A similar site on the Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi, rahulgandhiachievements.com, is still live — it leads to a blank page with just the date mentioned at the bottom.

Twitter was abuzz with theories ranging from conspiracy against Modi in taking the site down to it being a rival party plot to discredit the Gujarat chief minister.




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