Man cancelled cab booking because driver was Muslim

  • Man cancelled cab booking because driver was Muslim

Man cancelled cab booking because driver was Muslim

No one in our country is discriminated by his caste, creed, race, gender, or religion, not even particularly our drivers or customers, in this issue mentioned above.

The tweet garnered much attention over the weekend and there were multiple pleas to the cab aggregator, Ola, and Twitter, to take action against Mishra. "People starts attack on me. I don't want to give my money to Jihadi People", said Mishra in a Tweet on Friday.

However, defending himself from the flak, Mishra said, "If they (Muslims) can run a campaign against Hanuman ji poster on cab. then they must be prepared for a reply".

Abhishek Mishra, who has a verified handle, is followed by Narendra Modi Cabinet ministers, including Union defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman and Minister for Petroleum and Natural Gas Dharmendra Pradhan, on Twitter.

As the controversy picked up, Mishra said on Twitter that he had a right to choose.

This contention had Twitter on a firestorm with a large number of people demanding Ola to block Mishra's account. Along with the tweet, he attached a screenshot of the cancelled cab ride, which showed that the name of the driver was Masood Alam.

His tweet was condemned by a host of Twitter users including the likes of Congress MP Shashi Tharoor and Delhi Congress leader Sharmistha Mukherjee. "We urge all our customers and driver partners to treat each other with respect at all times".

Many, who criticised Mishra, also advised him to stop buying fuel as it is imported from the Middle East and urged Ola to ban him from its platform. "We need to #BringIndiannessBack", he had tweeted.

The cab operator put out a statement, saying that the company is a secular platform and doesn't discriminate between its customers and driver partners.

His Facebook profile says Mishra, who hails from Ayodhya, is an active member of VHP and Bajrang Dal.