Mumbai: Twitter users were in for a big shock today when they noticed a tweet from official Shiv Sena twitter handle praising Devendra Fadnavis led Maharashtra government. Shiv Sena is part of the Maharashtra government in alliance with the BJP even though the two rarely act like alliance partners. Immediately after the tweet was posted, Twitter India received hundreds of messages informing them that the Shiv Sena account is hacked.
Without taking any chances, Twitter India locked the account and started its investigation. Twitter accounts of quite a few politicians have been hacked during the recent months and this is suspected to be the work of the same hackers.
The tweet that triggered this response simply said ,”Just reviewing the work done by Fadnavis government in Jalyukt Shivar Abhiyaan, Commendable- UT”. Experts believe that the ‘UT’ here refers to Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray.
BJP-Shiv Sena have been alliance partner for the best part of 3 decades now and it has been a very turbulent relationship. The alliance broke up in the lead up to the assembly elections in 2014 before coming together again after the results. Now Shiv Sena has broken the alliance for the BMC elections but are still in alliance in the state government. Throughout these ups and downs, one consistent thing has been Shiv Sena’s criticism of BJP and some believe that this criticism is the petrol that keeps this alliance running. That is why everyone was shocked when Shiv Sena praised BJP on Twitter.
While Uddhav Thackeray was unavailable for a comment, a leading BJP leader from Mumbai said that they have no clue how to react to this praise. “Hopefully the investigation shows that their account was hacked. We are always prepared to respond to Shiv Sena’s criticism but what to do about this praise?”, the leader said.