Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, who heads India’s information technology department, warned candidates contesting for elections to not misuse social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter.

Earlier this week, Cambridge Analytica (CA), a digital media organization, came under scrutiny for illegal practices that affected the outcome of the 2016 election in the U.S. The company allegedly obtained and misused data belonging to over 50 million Americans.

Anti-BJP Twitter users said that the ruling party too had used the same company in the 2014 elections.

“So BJP used Cambridge Analytica which profiled users illegally. This is before coming to power. Now BJP has access to Aadhaar database. They would have definitely given access to [CA] or an even worse company for 2019 Election,” tweeted a user who manages the fan page of Priyanka Gandhi.

Supporters of Congress also stated that the BJP used the services of CA and its Indian associate Ovleno Business Intelligence (OBI).

Amit Malviya, who is in-charge of BJP's national Information & Technology, however, refuted the claims. “All of you who complained about the surge in anti-BJP and anti-government messages and fake news in recent days on social media, now know who was behind it - an insidious Cambridge Analytica hired by a desperate Congress!” he tweeted.

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