Part-time Bollywood actor and full-time couch politician Kangana Ranaut's Twitter account has been suspended today, Tuesday.
In tweets made prior to the her suspension, the Queen star had been very vocal about the alleged violence in West Bengal after the election results were declared. The All India Trinamool Congress (TMC) stunned the BJP in the state elections, as the ruling party struggled to get even half the votes it aimed for. The Mamata Banerjee-led TMC won 213 seats — with the majority mark standing at 148. The BJP managed to secure only 77 constituencies. Soon after the result, reports of violence across the state emerged, with BJP accusing TMC of murdering its workers, vandalising their offices. However, Trinamool Rajya Sabha MP Derek O’Brien said that the incidents were “BJP intra-party fights”.
Ranaut demanded the state elections be rejected by the BJP government, and that a presidential law be declared in West Bengal. She tried to legitimise her claim by saying that previous Indian presidents had done it, providing the necessary framework for the Modi-regime to follow suit.
On her suspension, the Hindustan Times reported that a Twitter spokesperson said, "We’ve been clear that we will take strong enforcement action on behaviour that has the potential to lead to offline harm.
“The referenced account has been permanently suspended for repeated violations of Twitter Rules specifically our Hateful Conduct policy and Abusive Behaviour policy. We enforce the Twitter Rules judiciously and impartially for everyone on our service."
Her emotional video calling for presidential law and regretting the alleged violence was uploaded minutes before her account was brought down, and remains up on her Instagram account.
Ranaut, the social media juggernaut that she is, has a huge following, and stays atop timelines and feeds due to her provocative and fiery posts. Hence, of course, her absence did not go unnoticed even just 10 minutes into her suspension.
Will she be switching over to Instagram now?