'Friend, philosopher and guide of fake news': BJP's Shehzad Poonawalla's jibe at Digvijay Singh

New Delhi:

The Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) national spokesperson Shehzad Poonawalla on Wednesday called former Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Digvijay Singh a ‘friend, philosopher and guide of fake news’. Poonawalla reacted on Digvijay Singh’s accusation against the saffron party for planning stone-pelting incidents by paying Muslim boys. 

Poonawalla, in a self-made video, said, “Singh is the friend, philosopher and guide of fake news, especially when he wants to protect rioters and terrorists. He does not have any facts or proof but he says that the Bharatiya Janata Party pays Muslim youths to pelt stones. Similarly, without facts and proof he gave this statement that 26/11 wasn’t the conspiracy of Pakistan or Ajmal Kasab but that of the RSS and the Hindus. Without proof, Congress had earlier said that Hindus are terrorists and this has been reiterated by Congress leaders from P Chidambaram to Sushil Kumar Shinde.”

The BJP spokesperson accused the Congress of spreading fake news whenever the police take legal action against the rioters.

He further said, “Post Khargone violence, Singh was the Congress leader who without facts and proof had tweeted a picture of some other place where some people could be seen planting flags on a mosque, to further flare communal tensions in the area. And in this manner, he propagated fake news by trying to associate that picture with that of Madhya Pradesh. Singh had also spread fake news on Batla House encounter to protect terrorists and questioned the martyrdom of Mohan Chand Sharma.”

“He and his party also questioned the Indian Army and surgical strikes. They also called the Pulwama attack a conspiracy of the Indian security forces and gave a clean chit to Pakistan. Time and again Congress and Singh have spread fake news to protect rioters and terrorists. The question is, whenever there is legal action against rioters, be it in Jahangirpuri, Karauli, or other parts of the country, why does Congress favour them and why does it propagate lies to flare up communal tensions?” added Poonawalla.

The BJP leader was reacting to the statement of Singh where he claimed that he received “unverified information that the BJP is paying poor Muslim youths to pelt stones”.

Meanwhile, Singh had said, “I have received a few complaints, which I have not verified yet, but as per these complaints, some people from the BJP themselves pay poor Muslim boys to throw stones,” Singh said during a press conference in Neemuch district of Madhya Pradesh on Tuesday.

It should be noted that the former CM spoke on the communal violence days after violence erupted in the Khargone district of Madhya Pradesh following a stone-pelting incident during a Ram-Navami procession on April 10.

Several people, including police personnel, were injured when groups of people pelted stones at each other during the procession. The stone-pelting started at the beginning of the procession leaving around four persons injured, including a police inspector. 

(With inputs from ANI)


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