Cong says BJP allegation on identity theft `laughable`

Dismissing BJP`s charge of online identity theft, the Congress on Monday said by levelling such "ridiculous and juvenile" allegations the opposition party had shown that it was totally "bankrupt" of any agenda.

New Delhi: Dismissing BJP`s charge of online identity theft, the Congress on Monday said by levelling such "ridiculous and juvenile" allegations the opposition party had shown that it was totally "bankrupt" of any agenda.

"I totally condemn the ridiculous, juvenile and bankrupt allegations of BJP against Congress. It is a ridiculous and laughable allegation. It`s clear that the BJP at the national level or even otherwise is totally bankrupt and devoid of any agenda and is desperate for publicity," party spokesperson Jayanthi Natrajan said.
She said the domain about which BJP is complaining does not even belong to the main opposition party and Congress will reply suitably if it gets any legal notice. Accusing the Congress of "petty, pickpocket-like theft" of its online identity, the BJP yesterday said it had slapped a legal notice on the ruling party claiming that a surreptitiously created website with a similar domain name was diverting users to the AICC website.

BJP spokesperson Nirmala Sitaraman said that the legal notice was served on the Congress on September 27, but there had been no official response from it. She said a website www.bjp.com had come to its notice recently and when the site was opened, it diverted the user to the AICC website automatically.
The Congress spokesperson: "Our inquiries reveal that BJP.com appears to be a domain of a corporate Bharat Journals and Publishers or Bharat Janta Prakashan, which existed long before BJP has its website and complaint if any should be lodged by this entity.

"BJP as a party can in no way be concerned of where the website of Bharat Journals is re-directed," Natarajan said. asked whether the Congress has received any legal notice from BJP, Natarajan replied in the negative and termed the episode as another "publicity stunt" by the opposition party.

"But if a notice is received, we will suitably reply to this ridiculous and juvenile allegation," she added.

PTI

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