It has been over 18 days since the Bharatiya Janata Party’s official website was hacked. No one has yet claimed the responsibility for the site which was hacked on Tuesday, 5th March. Expressing its ‘compassion’, Congress had tweeted, “We realise you have been down for a long time now. If you need help getting back up, we are happy to help. ” Congress is also using the issue in their social media campaigns. They tweeted, “If BJP website can be hacked then why not EVM????”.
Following the hack, the homepage of the website showed a meme of PM Narendra Modi and German Chancellor Angela Merkel. The meme was expected to make fun in which Angela Merkel walks past Modi as he extends his hand, expecting to shake it. And several social media users shared the screenshots of the page while some seriously tweeted against it. There was also a YouTube link to Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody – Muppets version.
The message on the BJP website still reads, “We ‘ll be back soon! Sorry for the inconvenience but we’re performing some maintenance at the moment. We will be back online shortly!”
The BJP IT cell head Amit Malviya last week said the site was not hacked. While admitting that the site had experienced some sort of “transgression”, Malviya said the site was down due to a “technical glitch”, not hacking.
On March 12, Information Technology Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said the website was hacked only for a few minutes. Speaking to media, he said, “There are rogue elements in the society. The site was hacked only for a few minutes. We got back control very soon.” However, he did not say when the site was expected to be brought back online.
With Lok Sabha elections around the corner, Opposition leaders are taking the opportunity to ask Modi, “When ‘chowkidar’ of this country cannot protect his own party’s website, what else can be expected from him?”