Fact Check: Did Sambit Patra Compare PM Modi With Turkish Warrior Ertugrul?

The Logical Indian Fact Check team investigates the claim that Samit Patra compared PM Modi to Ertugrul.

India   |   18 July 2020 10:34 AM GMT / Updated : 2020-07-18T16:06:20+05:30
Writer : Aditi Chattopadhyay | Editor : Bharat Nayak | Creatives : Vijay S Hegde
Fact Check: Did Sambit Patra Compare PM Modi With Turkish Warrior Ertugrul?

A screenshot of a tweet apparently by BJP national spokesperson Sambit Patra is doing the rounds on social media platforms.

"I am watching Ertugrul nowadays & I see narendra modi has similar leadership qualities as Ertugrul .His Strong belief in God, his Courage to not give up, His conviction to Stand on his principles even when everyone is against him. @narendramodi," reads the tweet.


The screenshot has been shared on Twitter.






The screenshot was also shared by Jammu & Kashmir National Conference members: Sajjad Shaheen and Shafqat Watali.



Claim:

Samit Patra compared PM Modi to Ertugrul.

Fact Check:

The claim is false. No such tweet by Sambit Patra was found on the date mentioned in the viral screenshot.

Below is a comparison of the viral screenshot (left) and a screenshot of one of Patra's original tweet (right):


Time And Date Stamp:

In the viral screenshot, the date and time stamp are separated by a hyphen. However, usually, a dot is placed before and after the date stamp.

Another discrepancy is that the fake tweet does not display the name of the device used to post the tweet.

It is noteworthy to mention that despite not being a part of a tweet thread, all the viral screenshots bear the exact timestamps.

Replies Of The Viral Tweets Do Not Exist

On searching for replies to the viral tweets, the microblogging sites doesn't show any results. Usually on typing 'to:(twitter handle)' in the search bar, it gives out a list of replies to any tweet of a particular handle, even if the tweets have been deleted.

However, a search for the Patra's Twitter account did not show any replies to the viral tweet.

Following Button

The 'following' button usually appears on the right-hand side of a tweet. The user's bio is seen under the following button.

Below is a screenshot of how it appears on Twitter:


Who Is Ertugrul?

Ertugrul, a 13th-century Turkish warrior, belonged to the nomadic Muslim Oghuz tribe Kayi, and was father of Osman I, the founder of the Ottoman empire.

Ertugrul had established a principality centred at Sögüt.

With Sögüt as their base, Osman and the Muslim frontier warriors (Ghazis) under his command waged a slow and stubborn conflict against the Byzantines, who sought to defend their territories in the hinterland of the Asiatic shore opposite Constantinople (now Istanbul).

Historical series 'Resurrection: Ertugrul' is based on Turkish history during the Christian Crusades in Europe and the Middle-East in the early half of the previous millennium.

The show goes back to a time when Aleppo in Syria was a 'cultural and economic hub when expansionist Christendom began to lay the insidious foundation of modern-day Islamophobia'.

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Claim Review :  Samit Patra compared PM Modi to Ertugrul.
Claimed By :  Social Media posts
Fact Check :  False
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