The Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) official website came out of its “maintenance” mode with just one static page, on Friday. But, an Andhra Pradesh based technology start-up company has accused the party of using its website template without acknowledging their credit. It was in a blog the Nellore based company named W3layouts said that the BJP IT cell has used their layout template in the restored website. At the same time, the incident triggered criticism of BJP on social media as well.
“We were initially happy and excited that BJP IT cell was using our template, then devastated to see our work being used by BJP removing the backlink without paying, and giving no credit whatsoever to W3Layouts,” the company wrote in the blog. W3Layouts said it also reached out to BJP on Twitter, asking them to include the necessary credit.
But, responding to the issue, Amit Malviya, the head of the BJP’s national information technology cell said, “The layout was a free-to-use application and the W3layout’s code was dropped when the company insisted on the backlink since it is not something we do in a normal course. We had offered to mention their name. But since it did not find favour, we preferred to work with an alternate solution. We are not using their template”. Malviya added.
It was on March 5 the website was hacked for which no one claimed the responsibility. Soon after the hack, Congress had tweeted that they were happy to help BJP to retrieve the website.
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.