Alert twitter users have caught Congress National Spokesperson Sanjay Jha spreading a lie started by one Naseem Ahmed, whose twitter bio shows him to be an ex-Congress worker. Ahmed had tried to pass off a photo of an election voting line from Kenya as a line of people gathered outside banks in Bharat due to the currency demonetization.
Congress Intent on Spreading Misinformation Regarding Demonetization
Gaurav Pandhi, who by his Twitter bio is a “Nehruvian Congressman” and part of the digital communication at the Indian National Congress, has been caught spreading several rumors related to demonetization. As per this report –
“He tweeted that a certain Nalini Maurya, apparently the daughter of UP BJP chief Keshav Prasad Maurya, was found holding Rs 10 lakh in new Rs 2000 notes.
This was a serious accusation that not only suggested that people related to the BJP were being favoured by banks, but that the government’s attempt to curb black money was compromised and the ruling party was indulging in cash hoarding.
However, it didn’t take more than a few minutes to find out that the Congress IT cell member was propagating a blatant lie. The election affidavit (pdf link) of Keshav Prasad Maurya as well as his profile on the Lok Sabha website mentions that he has two sons and no daughters. The girl most probably works in a bank and was holding the new 2000 rupees note bundle that would be used to help people exchange their old notes. This is confirmed by a close look at the picture, which shows that the girl is holding the bundle from Jhandewalan chest in Delhi, and not somewhere in Uttar Pradesh.”
Another rumor doing the rounds which was fanned by Gaurav Pandhi & even Arvind Kejriwal was that as Sanjeev Kamboj, head BJP Legal Cell Punjab tweeted the picture of Rs 2,000 notes on 6 November, it showed that BJP had informed its ‘friends’ beforehand about its decision to demonetise Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 currency notes, to help them fix their black money. But turns out that reports of the new Rs 2000 note being introduced were doing the rounds in media and social media, and Kamboj had just tweeted an image of the new note – he had not mentioned anything about demonetization.
Another rumor that was apparently started by news website Scroll.in regarding a printing error’ on the New Rs 2,000 Note was also enthusiastically spread by Congressis. It turned out that the ‘error’ was actually just Konkani and Marathi text for ‘two thousand rupees’.
In 2014, the same Congress propagandists were criticizing the Government move to set up SIT to recover black money stashed in Swiss bank accounts claiming that ‘real black money was domestic’, and now in 2016 they are claiming the opposite. Political opportunism, much?
Parties like Congress, and their latest imitation AAP, are struggling to stay relevant – they have shown in the past that they will go to any lengths to stir up instability and spread disaffection to somehow make a political comeback. They do not have any positive agenda to offer to the people, and hence can only rely on muck-raking of the worst kind. Aided by a compliant media which prefers the cozy Congress ecosystem of access journalism and political largesse, Congress knows that it can continue to lie blatantly but will not be held accountable. Even the NDA government has proved unable to take these rumor-mongers to task, which has only emboldened them.
It is for the common citizen to exercise extreme caution when reading anything coming from political outfits like Congress, AAP and others of their ilk.
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