Bengaluru: Myntra, the e-commerce major owned by Flipkart, has become the latest target of Hindutva group's campaign of cow protection.
Twitter account @RSS_Org on Wednesday demanded that the government should act against Myntra for selling shoes made of cow leather.
"Govt should take action against @myntra for selling cow leather shoe and hurting religious sentiments of Hindus," the tweet by @RSS_Org said.
Responding to the tweet, Myntra said, “@RSS_Org We appreciate your sentiments. We feel sorry if the sale of any particular item does not meet your approval. However, the product in question is an imported product and/or made from imported leather. The sale of leather products is not illegal in India. Please be assured that we function within legally permissible norms.”
Though @RSS_Org is not the official handle of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, the ideological parent of BJP, it boasts a follower base of almost 70,000.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, Rajasthan CM Vasundhara Raje, Gujarat CM Anandiben Patel, Madhya Pradesh CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan and Chhattisgarh CM Raman Singh are among its followers.
In its description, the Twitter account @RSS_Org says, “This handle is an independent initiative by RSS Swayamsevaks.”
On Thursday morning, a tweet by official account of RSS @RSSorg said, “We do not subscribe to the views expressed on @rss_org as it is not the official Twitter handle of RSS :- Dr Manmohan Vaidya.”
However, as per a report by Times of India, Rajesh Padmar, who is in charge of RSS media affairs in Karnataka, on Wednesday had said just opposite.
"@RSS_Org is the Twitter handle of one of our swayamsevaks. The RSS recognises this handle and public opinion expressed there is shared at the @RSSorg Twitter handle, which is the official and verified one (of Sangh). We endorse the tweet by @RSS_Org on Myntra," the daily quoted Padmar as saying.
Padmar had also retweeted the post by @rss_org.