Defaming Prime Minister Narendra Modi with fake news by the media is not new. MSM is often accused of biased reporting. And here is one recent example of the same. Rajdeep Sardesai posted a tweet defaming PM Modi. But the news eventually turned out to be fake.
As we all know every political party are holding rallies in Uttar Pradesh (one of the biggest political state of the Country), PM Modi is also holding a rally in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh. Rajdeep posted a tweet on social media platform ‘Twitter’ saying that BHU’s VC Girish Chandra Tripathi had joined the political roadshow of the prime minister. Here is what Rajdeep tweeted (Though the tweet is now deleted, but we have a screen grab):
Soon his tweet was followed by the leftists like Kejri and much more. AAP’s mouthpiece media’Janta Ka Reporter’ reported it and was promptly pimped by Leftist AAP leader Atishi Marlena, then retweeted by Kejriwal.
BHU’s VC, Girish Chandra Tripathi, a proud ‘RSS man’ joins Modi’s election roadshowhttps://t.co/H6dDyscR2d
— Janta Ka Reporter (@JantaKaReporter) March 4, 2017
Shame on this VC and Modi ji https://t.co/VyVd9ZjfjO
— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) March 4, 2017
BHU VC joined Modi road show, makes women students sign affidavit they won’t do politics, cites ‘service rules’ to ban politics for faculty
— Kavita Krishnan (@kavita_krishnan) March 4, 2017
— The Wire (@thewire_in) March 5, 2017
But today, it has been exposed that it was all a lie and BHU VC didn’t take part in PM’s road show.
Rahul Kanwal tweeted yesterday that the BHU vice chancellor GC Tripathi, who was seen at the Modi rally by Rajdeep Sardesai, had revealed that in fact, he had not participated in the rally at all!
VC of BHU Girish Tripathi strongly denies charge that he participated in the @PMOIndia road show. Says will sue. Demands proof or apology.
— Rahul Kanwal (@rahulkanwal) March 5, 2017
Today, In an interview to News 18’s Suhas Munshi, the vice chancellor GC Tripathi dismissed all the charges made by Rajdeep Sardesai.
When asked “Were you present in PM Narendra Modi’s rally on March 4?” GC Tripathi was quoted as saying,
“I was watching the whole proceedings on television from my office that day. Claims about I being present at the rally were malicious attempts to defame me and the university. I am ready for any punishment if these allegations are proven true.
One malicious journalist started the whole thing by spreading lies on Twitter. If he comes to the campus again he will be thrashed properly. Wo vidhivat peete jaayenge. Bilkul peete jaayenge (They will systematically beaten-up). I will not allow anyone to spread lies about me or the institution.”
Rajdeep when get caught deleted his tweet and posted this apology tweet:
The pics of BHU VC at Modi roadshow have turned out to be case of ‘mistaken identity’. Apologising to him and withdrawing tweet.
— Rajdeep Sardesai (@sardesairajdeep) March 6, 2017
Meanwhile in the intervening period, TheWire.in also deleted their stories which were based on Rajdeep’s lies.
BHU VC faced criticism for violating the rules, as he being a VC of BHU is a central government employee and is therefore barred from being part of events organised by political parties. So, in this era of Facebook and twitter where it’s very easy to spread fake news within seconds, wasn’t it the responsibility of a journalist like Rajdeep to think before spreading a lie and accusing anyone with such a defaming lie.