Fact Check: From Modi Disrespecting Advani To BJP Spokesperson Sambit Patra Being Removed From The Post
As we approach the end of 2018, and with the upcoming 2019 general election, there have been a few incorrect pieces of information have made their way to social media. These chatters include Modi disrespecting BJP senior party leader Lal Krishna Advani, UP Yogi CM claiming to protect cows and not girls, among others. However, the authenticity of these claims is unknown to many. The Logical Indian would try to throw some light on these claims in order to debunk these claims.
Did PM ignore Advani?
For a long time now, there have been rumours going around about the rift between PM Modi and veteran leader L. K. Advani. To support the claim there have been a few videos and pictures that have gone viral. In one of the pictures, Modi and Advani are standing opposite each other. The picture suggests that Modi ignored, or even worse, disrespected the party veteran leader Advani, reports The Quint.
The image shows Advani standing with folded hands in front of PM Modi, while the PM is standing with his hands clenched behind his back. This picture has been circulating with scores of narratives.
Many people also took on to Twitter to express their views on the picture.
Advani saved Modi from being sacked as CM in 2002. Fitting payback by the disciple. pic.twitter.com/wUg0CpqpBE
— Rana Ayyub (@RanaAyyub) December 26, 2018
Remember Advani’s Rath yatra which communally polarised the country in 1992 and his support to Modi in 2002?
None can escape the effect of their own past karma.
– Mahavira pic.twitter.com/yENbQPjvvg
— Ravi Nair (@t_d_h_nair) December 26, 2018
Advani ji is not even respected in his own party! pic.twitter.com/ykuNRQt3Vt
— SabSortedHai (@aniketvkhujneri) December 28, 2018
Not just Modi, everyone has a lesson from it.Because of his venomous ride, many innocents died, many became orphans,communities suffered and mother India bleeds yet from the wounds.'Karma' pays you back on time.The face of helplessness of this man says it all. #Advani @Nidhi pic.twitter.com/ENrVQCalWB
— JeremyHassan (@JemHassan1) December 26, 2018
As reported by The Quint, the image is taken from a function where along with Advani other BJP party leaders like Amit Shah were also present. The function was to inaugurate a commemorative coin in the honour of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee. The full video of the function is available on the BJP’s YouTube channel. In the video, Modi can be seen greeting Advani.
Towards the end of the video (15:10-15:20), when the function ended Modi and Advani can be seen interacting. PM Modi is also seen greeting Advani with a ‘Namaste’ after which he folded his hand.
Did Adityanath say he will protect cows and not girls?
This is not the first time when Uttar Pradesh Cheif Minister Yogi Adityanath has surrounded himself with controversy. Recently, he is getting flak for a “newspaper clipping” that is being circulated which quotes him saying that his government’s job is to protect cows, not girls.
The picture is from a Hindi newspaper that says, “Yogi Aditynath ka ek or gair zimedarana bayan, kaha ki hamara kaam gaye bachna hai, ladkiya bachna nahi (Another irresponsible statement by Yogi Adityanath, he says our job is to protect cows, not girls.)
Twitteratis did not lag behind while criticising the CM
If people had to choose between "Cow" & "Yogi", who would they prefer ? https://t.co/CxF7zhn3En
— SHUCHITA SRIVASTAVA (@shuchitasrivast) December 27, 2018
Avinash Das (Film Director/Journalist) : Tell me, should "Yogi" be slapped with shoes or not ?
WATCH VIDEO : https://t.co/VXrREpR1zN@Pooja09876089 @bhaktriot @RishabhAary @sharmaji_RSS @liadhariwal @bitter_talk @HnHitesh @Yogeshgujjar5 @BHAKTRIOT1811 @MYMohitYadu@TarekFatah pic.twitter.com/TXanTBEmTA
— rahul kedia (@rahulkedia250) December 28, 2018
योगी आदित्यनाथ का फिर गैर जिम्मेदाराना बयान कहा हमारा काम गाय बचाना है लड़की नहीं pic.twitter.com/NRyORKG1Qm
— QSiddiqui Journalist #UST (@indiatimesqd) April 16, 2018
This picture was also posted on a few social media sites.
The picture was also published on a Hindi and Marathi news website Mulniwasi Nayak. The website posted the picture saying that the story is based on a “viral video and social media reports.”
This “news” is an old one which was debunked by Lallantop on April 18. However, this same “news” has made way to social media again. The Lallantop article says that the picture is from RHumor Times, which also carries a disclaimer about it being a satire website. The article also had a screenshot of the original article.
BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra removed from the post?
BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra, who has time and again made many remarks has again found himself in controversy. Recently, a Facebook page‘ Viral in India’ claimed that Patra- a qualified physician and BJP’s ‘newsroom warrior’ has been removed from his post as BJP national spokesperson. The post said, “Sambit Patra has been removed from the post of BJP spokesperson. Pity. Now, who’ll build the Ram Mandir?”
The post that was first published on December 23 has been deleted now. It had received about 4.1k shares, reports The Quint.
Many people reacted on the social media after knowing about the scoop
Sambit Patra the nation wants to know where u are! Modi Govt removed u with surgical precision! As a surgeon u know that! If u want to make a comeback I can write a patra to RG whom u called Pappu to forgive u & put u back on the idiot box where u are most at home!
— sanjiv batra (@batrasanjiv) December 25, 2018
— Vivek Ade (@am_vna) December 25, 2018
Why Sambit Patra is removed from the post spokesperson of BJP?
Bhakt bolte te itna acha speaker hain
— Dharamveer Singh (@Aka_Veer) December 25, 2018
Sambit patra removed by bjp from party press briefings??
— Shubham Mishra (@ShubhamMishra02) December 25, 2018
— my thought (@TruthSpe) December 24, 2018
The claims of Sambit Patra being removed from the part is false. He is still the national spokesperson of the party. According to the BJP website, Patra’s name is still listed on the website as the spokesperson.
After the news went viral on December 23, BJP’s official handle tweeted Patra addressing a press conference. He was addressed as the party’s national spokesperson.
— BJP (@BJP4India) December 23, 2018
Creating or sharing fake news is never justified. We have a responsibility to verify everything that we post on the internet. To ensure that our national debate is healthy and well-informed, each and every one of us has a responsibility of treating what we read with a pinch of salt, a spoonful of doubt, and a flood of research.
To all the political parties and leaders, ruling or opposition, please don’t be a part of the problem. Be part of the solution. For a better future, for a better nation.