NEW DELHI: BJP’s National spokesperson Sambit Patra who staunchly believes NDTV of “having an anti-BJP agenda” have grudge against the news channel.
The 42-year old leader made his sentiment clear on Sunday. Patra in an attempt to take a dig at NDTV with ‘fake news’, re-tweeted a story by a Pakistani web portal, named ‘Times Of Islamabad’ slamming PM Mod’s Make in India initiative.
“Make in India turned out to be flop show, reveals data by NDTV’ – adding the re-tweet, ‘Hmmm …Agenda!!’
Soon after Patra’s tweet, NDTV responded and pointed out that the story was a fake and demanded a clarification.
“Fake story, also does not refer anywhere to NDTV. We are wrongly named in headline and URL. Please issue a clarification,” the NDTV commented.
Fake story, also does not refer anywhere to NDTV. We are wrongly named in headline and URL. Please issue a clarification.
— NDTV (@ndtv) June 11, 2017
The article that ‘Times of Islamabad’ referred by was actually a column written by former Union minister P Chidambaram for The Indian Express on June 11, 2017 but was credited NDTV instead of IE, according to a report in The Wire.
Times of Islamabad has removed any reference to NDTV and updated its story.
Defending his earlier post, Patra on Monday once again tweeted saying,“Do I not have FOE to call out a Pak publication (real not FAKE) which runs an anti India AGENDA? Why are some riled?”
Do I not have FOE to call out a Pak publication (real not FAKE) which runs an anti India AGENDA?
Why are some riled? pic.twitter.com/TwedmA51sH
— Sambit Patra (@sambitswaraj) June 12, 2017
Twitterattis slammed the controversial BJP spokesperson on social media.
1st not an FOE issue at all. 2nd using tweet to attack NDTV. 3rd giving credence to a handle that usually carries fake BJP news #selfgoal
— Gargi Rawat (@GargiRawat) June 12, 2017
Mr. Sambit Patra, just to raise a question… By your standards, following/reading Times of Islamabad should make you anti-national! Right?
— Harihar (@harihar_goswami) June 11, 2017
Ha ha ha pic.twitter.com/ltO90yNTWb
— Q..U..A..I…P….W…O…M…T (@usmaniqaiser) June 11, 2017
It can be recalled that during a live-debate on cow-slaughter, Razdan had told Patra to leave the show if he did not apologise after he accused the NDTV of spreading misinformation with an agenda.