Subramaniam Swamy, renowned BJP leader, has come out strongly to support AskMe who has been facing a tough run in its online business. The leader has put a step further by writing a letter to the Ministry of Corporate Affairs (MCA) seeking its help to save the business of the ecommerce firm. The move certainly came as a breather for around 4000 employees of AskMe who are on the edge of losing their jobs.
In a letter to MCA Secretary Tapan Ray, Swamy asked the government to consider assisting askme.com to buy out the 98.5 per cent shareholding of Malaysia's Astro Overseas. He urged the ministry to intervene and ask the Director of the askme.com/Getit Infoservices not to proceed with winding up of their company and throw out of work about 4,000 employees, stated the letter.
He further stated in the letter that the government should further back AskMe to buy mammoth stakes in Malaysia’s Astro Overseas. The Rajya Sabha MP noted that the whole issue should be treated as urgent as it will become infructuous after August 31.
“As you know that Astro Overseas is already under a cloud both in the NDTV scam and more importantly in the Aircel Maxis scam in which I am the party in the Supreme Court that is monitoring the case," he said. Swamy added that the matter should be treated as most urgent since it may become a part of court proceedings in the future.
Hit by a cash crunch, eCommerce company AskMe has decided to shut shop, leaving 4,000 staffers jobless. AskMe operates askme.com (classifieds), askmebazaar(eCommerce), askmegrocery, askmepay, and Mebelkart (online furniture retail).