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After '60,000 views in 20 hours' narendramodiplans.com taken down

Soumyadip | http://soumyadip.com

Updated: July 17, 2013, 12:29 PM IST
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After '60,000 views in 20 hours' narendramodiplans.com taken down
It is not yet clear what exactly led to the content the website being removed.

Update 2: Rahul Roushan, editor Faking News, explains why he thinks narendramodiplans.com's motives seem suspect.

Update: The narendramodiplans.com domain name now leads to a 404 GitHub page. In an email response to IBNLive, the creator of the website declined to elaborate upon the reasons behind taking down the site and emphasised that he/she "would want to stay out of this issue once and for all" and that he/she had "already removed the 'quit' note on the site."

New Delhi: It appears that the backlash to narendramodiplans.com was too much for the creator of the website to handle. The JavaScript-powered trick as well as all the content from the website has been removed and a statement put up in its place.

"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," the statement says.

It is not clear what exactly led to the content being taken down. IBNLive is yet to receive a response to the questions put to the website's owner.

Meanwhile Twitter is abuzz with conspiracy theories. Some see it as a Congress conspiracy to defame Modi and his supporters while others believe that Modi fans should develop a sense of humour.

"Apparently, you could make fun of only the leading party like @fakingnews with morphed pics, dirty jokes, cartoon and whatever, but dare you touch the opposition with javascript, they'll haunt (sic) you down. So, the first day was fun with 60,000 hits in 20 hours. and that's that," the statement added.

The before the content was taken down the website had above an image of a smiling Narendra Modi displaying the victory symbol the following text: "For a detailed explanation of how Mr Narendra Modi plans to run the nation if elected to the house as a Prime Minister and also for his view/perspective on 2002 riots please click the link below."

At the first glance it resembled a website projecting Narendra Modi as the next prime minister of India, complete with a saffron background. But when a user tried to click on the button to get the details, it seemed to take on the 'evasive character' that Modi's critics accuse him of being. No matter how hard the user tried, the button ran away from the mouse cursor (with the aid of JavaScript).

First Published: July 17, 2013, 12:29 PM IST
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