New Delhi, Apr 23: Taxi service Ola Cabs on Sunday took to Twitter and urged its “customers and driver partners to treat each other with respect at all times”. This was after a man cancelled his Ola ride after learning that his driver was a Muslim.
Abhishek Mishra, the man who cancelled his Ola ride tweeted, “Cancelled @Olacabs Booking because Driver was Muslim. I don’t want to give my money to Jihadi People.” Mishra’s verified account says Vishwa Hindu Parishad, Ideology First, Hindutva Thinker, Digital & Social Media Advisor (Views Personal). Mishra attached a screenshot of his Ola booking which had the name of the cab driver.
Replying to his tweet, Ola company tweeted, “Ola, like our country, is a secular platform, and we don’t discriminate our driver partners or customers basis their caste, religion, gender or creed. We urge all our customers and driver partners to treat each other with respect at all times.”
This started a debate among Twitteratis. Some supported Ola and asked the company to block Mishra’s account, whereas some backed Mishra on the grounds that he had “right to choose”.
On Sunday, Mishra posted a screenshot of a mail sent to him allegedly by Twitter and said, “Thanks to @Twitter and it’s a tight slap on the faces those trying to suspend my account.” Mishra also criticised Facebook for having deleted his posts in the past.
“Facebook tried to suppress my voice. Alas, such an effort should have also be done with Reshmi R Nair and Abid Hasan. Facing opposition for speaking about Hindus but those who stand with me is my real strength.”
In his Facebook profile, he claims to be an active member of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad and Bajrang Dal. It also says that he is from Ayodhya and works as an IT professional in Lucknow.