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Spoof website on Narendra Modi’s plans taken down

The URL, narendramodiplans.com, now leads to an error message; similar site on Rahul Gandhi still up
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First Published: Wed, Jul 17 2013. 04 32 PM IST
The website, narendramodiplans.com, was essentially one page with a simple javascript application and a legend that invited readers to click on an option to know more about Modi’s plans for various areas or to get his responses on different subjects. Photo: Sunil Saxena/ Hindustan Times
The website, narendramodiplans.com, was essentially one page with a simple javascript application and a legend that invited readers to click on an option to know more about Modi’s plans for various areas or to get his responses on different subjects. Photo: Sunil Saxena/ Hindustan Times
Updated: Thu, Jul 18 2013. 01 03 AM IST
New Delhi: A website that sought to lampoon the public persona of Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi has been taken off after having received 60,000 unique visitors in 20 hours. The website, narendramodiplans.com, was essentially one page with a simple javascript application and a legend that invited readers to click on an option to know more about Modi’s plans for various areas or to get his responses on different subjects. Only, the option itself kept moving around and couldn’t be clicked on—a play on Modi’s alleged evasiveness when it comes to some topics, including the 2002 riots in his state.
In a statement posted temporarily on the website, the creator of the site said: “I quit. In a country with freedom of speech, I assumed that I am allowed to make decent satire on any politician more particularly if its constructive. Clearly, I was wrong.”
Even this statement was eventually taken off and the URL now leads to an error message.
Twitter was soon abuzz with theories ranging from the Bharatiya Janata Party’s role in taking the site down to it being a Congress plot to discredit the Gujarat chief minister.
Narendramodiplans.com had also garnered attention from prominent members of the Twitter universe with minister of state for human resource development Shashi Tharoor pointing to it as a light-hearted take on Modi’s plans.
Interestingly, a similar site on Rahul Gandhi, the Congress vice-president and potential candidate for prime ministership should his party come to power in 2014, rahulgandhiachievements.com, is still available—it leads to a blank page with just the date mentioned at the bottom.
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First Published: Wed, Jul 17 2013. 04 32 PM IST
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