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Indias ruling party accused of running deceptive Twitter campaign to gain support for a controversial law

Bharatiya Janata Party, the ruling party in India, has been accused of running a highly deceptive Twitter campaign to trick citizens into supporting a controversial law.
First, some background: The Indian government passed the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) last month that eases the path of non-Muslim minorities from the neighboring Muslim-majority nations of Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan to gain Indian citizenship.
But, combined with a proposed national register of citizens, critics have cautioned that it discriminates against minority Muslims in India and chips away at Indias secular traditions.
Over the past few weeks, tens of thousands of people in the country if not more have participated in peaceful protests across the nation against the law. The Indian government, which has temporarily cut down internet access and mobile communications in many parts of India to contain the protests,has so far shown no signs of withdrawing the law.
On Saturday, it may have found a new way to gain support for it, however.
Indias Home Minister Amit Shah on Thursday tweeted a phone number, urging citizens to place a call to that number in support of the CAA law.
Thousands of people in India today, many affiliated with the BJP party, began circulating that phone number on Twitter with the promise that anyone who places a call would be offered job opportunities, free mobile data, Netflix credentials, and even company with lonely women.


The story of CAA support, in four pictures pic.twitter.com/ueLNmqDRr8
Meghnad (@Memeghnad) January 4, 2020
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