Here's Why BJP MP Chandan Mitra Is The Most Hated Person On Twitter Right Now

08/12/2015 11:44 AM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:25 AM IST
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NEW DELHI, INDIA � JULY 26: BJP member Chandan Mitra at Parliament House on the first day of Monsoon Session in New Delhi on July 26, 2010. (Photo by Shekhar Yadav/India Today Group/Getty Images)

It's not an easy task to keep your followers happy especially if you have millions of them on social media. Ask the Bharatiya Janata Party.

On Monday evening, BJP MP Chandan Mitra called the supporters of the saffron party as “people with nothing very much better to do” on national television.

When NDTV's Barkha Dutt asked whether social media and political rhetoric influences the country's policies, the Rajya Sabha MP denied it.

“I don’t think any government can actually frame foreign policy or any other policy for that matter on the basis of the Twitterati which is hyperbolic at times. BJP’s policy is not decided by Twitterati,” Mitra said.

"Yes it's a useful sounding board as to how some people with nothing very much better to do express their opinions on various subjects," he said.

Soon after Mitra's remark, his Twitter page was flooded with messages slamming him.

Anguished BJP supporters lashed out at Mitra seeking an apology and some even demanding his sacking.

Some threatened to stop tweeting in support of the BJP:

This is not the first time BJP's supporters have expressed their displeasure online after being offended by a party leader.

Last week, Member of Parliament Anurag Thakur, who is also president of one of the party's youth wings, said that social media did not represent the "sense of the nation".

Thakur was attempting to explain why India has been more willing to engage with Pakistan of late, especially over cricket.

#ShameOnAnuragThakur trending on Twitter, with many supporters asking the party officials to sack Thakur.

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