BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra, who was recently asked to leave the NDTV 24×7 show by anchor Nidhi Razdan after he accused the channel of “having an anti-BJP agenda”, tried to get back at the channel on Monday.
However, his efforts backfired when he shared a tweet without verifying the source.
Patra shared a news story by Pakistan daily 'The Times of Islamabad' criticising Narendra Modi's Make in India programme based on data, apparently sourced from NDTV.
While the news story was shared by the Pakistan daily's official Twitter handle, Patra accused the report of being an "agenda".
NDTV’s official Twitter handle immediately retorted saying Patra’s accusation against the channel was incorrect and asked him to issue a clarification. The channel said it was wrongly named in the headline by the Pakistan daily.
So here's the confusion: The article was originally penned by former finance minister and Congress leader P Chidambaram in the Indian Express on June 11, 2017.
However, at the time of republishing, The Times of Islamabad mistakenly cited NDTV as the source instead of Indian Express. After being caught out on Twitter by NDTV, the Pakistani daily updated the story on its site and apologised to NDTV.
A defiant Patra, however, did not respond to NDTV and instead defended his tweet:
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
To which NDTV news anchor replied:
Oh yes you do. But you don't have a right to spread fake news about NDTV or anyone else. That's not FOE. https://t.co/UdBomzSFHZ— Nidhi Razdan (@RazdanNidhi) June 12, 2017
Turns out The Times Of Islamabad is a fake news generator:
The next time you see a link by this newspaper, check twice before sharing it. Is BJP listening?