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Amidst the ongoing political crisis in Congress, when Rajasthan Deputy Chief Minister and Congress party's Rajasthan Chief Sachin Pilot has threatened to leave the party with 30 MLAs destabilising the Rajasthan government, a tweet from the purported Twitter handle of Sara Pilot, wife of Sachin Pilot, has gone viral. The tweet has been tweeted 3500 times and got 22,000 likes.
The other tweets from the handle have gone viral.
The tweets seem to be attacking current Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot. The cold war between CM Gehlot and Deputy CM Sachin Pilot has been a matter of media curiosity even before the govt was formed. The tweet alleges that even bigger magician falter when we (Sachin Pilot) turn to Delhi and the other tweet refers Ashok Gehlot as Jaichand and accuses him of grabbing the power while all the work was done by Sachin.
The claim is false. The twitter handle which has been quoted by IANS is a fake handle.
Sara Pilot earlier Sara Abdullah is the daughter of Farooq Abdullah, ex-Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir and sister of Omar Abdullah, who also was the Chief Minister of J&K. She has studied in Wharton University.
A look at the Twitter handle immediately gives an idea of it being fake.
Though the account claims to be an official one, it is filled with spelling errors. The name of Sara Pilot is spelled wrongly as Sarah. Spelling of Kashmir and Rajasthan is also wrong.
Tabeenah Anjum, a journalist based out of Rajasthan, pointed out that the account is fake. She wrote that she is surprised to see tweets from fake account making it to the mainstream news.
Please don't use tweets from here to file stories. This is a FAKE twitter account.— Tabeenah Anjum (@TabeenahAnjum) July 12, 2020
Surprised to see tweets from this account making it to mainstream news and agency stories. @TwitterIndia please take note
CC @OmarAbdullah @free_thinker @AltNews pic.twitter.com/hz8NinYgoH
Despite having good no. of followings, the account is also not verified.
This is not the first time IANS fell for a fake Twitter handle. Recently, IANS reported tweets from a fake handle pretending to be deceased actor Sushant Singh Rajput's father account as news. In a tweet from their official account IANS claimed that Sushant Singh Rajput's father demanded that the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) investigate his son's death. The Logical Indian fact-checked it.
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