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Will the fake Anupriya Patel please stand up?

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A first-time MP from Uttar Pradesh’s Mirzapur Anupriya Patel was inducted into Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Council of Ministers as Minister of State for Health and Family Planning. The youngest entrant and only non-BJP minister is already in the eye of a storm by none other than the Twitterati.

Anupriya Patel with President Pranab Mukherjee (PTI)
Anupriya Patel with President Pranab Mukherjee (PTI)
Anupriya Patel (Hindustan Times)
Anupriya Patel (Hindustan Times)

On Wednesday, Patel lodged a complaint with the Delhi police regarding a fake Twitter profile in her name. In a letter to Delhi Police Commissioner Alok Kumar Verma, she stated that a certain handle ‘@Anupriya_patel’ is tweeting vulgar posts. She added that there are tweets targeting the ruling Samajwadi Party over the Kairana and Dadri lynching cases. She demanded an immediate probe into her case.

“There are several fake Twitter accounts active in my name, and I bring this to your notice that in future they might be used to tarnish my social and political image,” she wrote.

Here, take a look:

Anupriya Patel Tweet (Quint)

Anupriya Patel Tweet (Quint)

Anupriya Patel Tweet 3 (Quint)
(photos by The Quint)

She was called out on this:

Priya says her official handle is ‘@AnupriyaSPatel’. However, this is a handle that has been created only in July 2016—in the last seven days?!

So who’s this impersonator?

And why are senior BJP leaders tweeting to her?

Even Maneka Gandhi, who just launched an anti-troll helpline for women seems to have it wrong:

This sure seems to be a case of a suddenly-turned-conscious-MP given the spotlight by none other than our very own social media mogul, Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Patel enjoys enormous supports among Kurmis across party of poll-bound Uttar Pradesh, especially in the eastern region and in some parts of Kanpur. She was expelled by her mother, the chief of from BJP’s ally Apna Dal, in May 2015 for anti-party activities. She was the general secretary of the party. Currently, she heads a broken faction of the party in the state. Her mother says Apna Dal has “no such plans” of merging with her faction, despite her new position.

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