In attempt to take on NDTV, Sambit Patra falls victim to ‘fake news’, channel asks for clarification

In its reply, NDTV wrote, "Fake story, also does not refer anywhere to NDTV. We are wrongly named in headline and URL. Please issue a clarification."

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Published:June 12, 2017 10:47 am
BJP, Arnab Goswami, Sambit Patra BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra. (File Photo)

BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra’s attempt to get back at NDTV, for asking him to leave mid-show following his allegation that NDTV has an agenda, fell flat on his face, all thanks to a fake news article. On Sunday morning, Patra re-tweeted a story by The Times of Islamabad website which criticised PM Modi’s Make in India programme based on data they attributed to NDTV. Along with the re-tweet, Patra wrote, “Hmmm …agenda”.

NDTV immediately responded to Patra’s tweet, saying that the story is fake and does not refer anywhere to NDTV. The channel further sought a clarification from the BJP spokesperson. In its reply NDTV tweeted, “Fake story, also does not refer anywhere to NDTV. We are wrongly named in headline and URL. Please issue a clarification.”

 

The article referred to by ‘Times of Islamabad’, a Pakistani web portal, was a column written by former Union minister P Chidamabram for The Indian Express on June 11, 2017. After NDTV’s reply, the Pakistani website removed the channel’s name from its article and updated the content.

It is not the first time a BJP leader has fallen for a fake story. Just two months ago, BJP minister Babul Supriyo posted a picture on Twitter, claiming it was the new bus stand in Rajkot. In reality, it was just the digital impression, which is created before any building/residential apartment/shopping mall. Supriyo, later posted a message admitting his mistake, saying he was fooled by a WhatsApp message.

Similarly, after BJP had come to power in 2014, party MP Meenakshi Lekhi had posted a message on Twitter celebrating  news that India’s National Anthem was judged as the best anthem in the world by UNESCO. “Congratulations to all of us! Our National Anthem has been adjudged to be the best anthem in the world by UNESCO!”, Lekhi wrote on Twitter in a post dated June 21, 2014. The MP later deleted her tweet.

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    Jun 15, 2017 at 8:27 pm
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      Chirwat
      Jun 14, 2017 at 8:56 am
      Why blame Patra for falling for fake stories........after all he has a Feku boss !
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        MS
        Jun 14, 2017 at 6:56 pm
        Infact, its the fault of Patra only bcoz he must be know what is Modi inside, eventhough he is lyin on everything for Modi. Theya are culprit to our society and public has to decide strongly for Modi, Amit,and their spokesperson. In Gujarat BJP is surely losing and there si not a single reason that they win.. Modi knows this and so he is doing all negative work of control over EVM.. People have now known all these things. Its heard that people are angry on Modi and time is coming..
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          MS
          Jun 14, 2017 at 6:57 pm
          corrected : must be knowing what is
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        k p
        Jun 14, 2017 at 6:32 am
        Hmmm..... Danda !
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          Gerald Fernandes
          Jun 13, 2017 at 9:08 pm
          A CHARLIE IS A CHARLIE IS A CHARLIE AND WILL CONTINUE TO BE A CHARLIE !
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            Suresh Shukla
            Jun 13, 2017 at 12:10 pm
            Are these guys educated or all of them have just fake degrees???
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              MS
              Jun 13, 2017 at 10:43 pm
              Instead degree, we see his character and nature which all are 3rd class like Modi.. Modi his spokespersons are all lying all the time.. Public will not forgive any of them and its heard that public will beat them very badly...
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              Soby
              Jun 13, 2017 at 11:29 am
              Sambit, please leave...
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                Maz
                Jun 13, 2017 at 8:31 pm
                Soby - please die .
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                  narinder shah
                  Jun 14, 2017 at 5:45 am
                  WHY SHOULD SAMBIT LEAVE?. SO MANY OTHER BJP LEADERS HAVE BEEN ISSUED NEWS MANUFACTURING LICENCE AND THEY ARE USING IT IN THE BEST INTEREST OF THE LICENSING AUTHORITY OF INDIA. KERALA UNIT OF THE BJP ALSO HAS SUCH LICENCE AND THEY ARE USING IT.
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                  Arm
                  Jun 13, 2017 at 10:59 am
                  Sambit need to get his degree checked if he is holding fake Dr degree.
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                    Maz
                    Jun 13, 2017 at 8:33 pm
                    You mean like PAppu and his "mBA" where he was working in Potato factory ? Or your AAP fake degree absconding scam artistss ?? Apparently it is not so hard to get degrees these days - if that bar dancer Sonia can get "Cambridge" Degree anybody can get a degree.
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                    NARAYAN RAO
                    Jun 13, 2017 at 9:34 am
                    What is there to comment , except that this party and this government is a bunch of s. God bless this country , and forgive the 31 who brought this disaster on all of us.
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                      Bhogendra Thakur
                      Jun 13, 2017 at 10:25 am
                      I couldn't agree with you more.
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                        Maz
                        Jun 13, 2017 at 8:30 pm
                        Who will FORGIVE YOU and YOUR kind that gave us 70 YEARS of CHOR and SICKULAR rule ?? Who will forgive you rats who allowed these criminals to cheat this country with 2G, 3G, Coal Scam and thousand other scams that cost lakhs of crores ?? Where cabinet ministers were thrown in jail for open criminality! Who will FORGIVE YOU SOBs ?? And FYI - NDA got 38 of the vote and 60 of the mandate. You can been barking about 31 but you Sikulars got less than 10 LOL
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