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How media planted the “21 AAP MLAs chargesheet” story to shift focus from Modi Gate

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By Rukma Singh

“Whenever there’s a big story in the media, try to look for the story they’re trying to distract you from.”

With the mediascape flooded with reports of chargesheets being filed on criminal grounds against 21 AAP MLAs including Kejriwal, we at NewsGram set out to delve deeper into the layers of this news : its ‘sources’, origins, and above all, its credibility.

Nameless sources?
The story was circulated by several topnotch media houses, but not even one of them named the ‘sources’ that their story was taken from.

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http://www.ibnlive.com/news/india/more-trouble-for-aap-delhi-police-preparing-chargesheet-naming-arvind-kejriwal-20-other-party-mlas-sources-1007440.html
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http://khabar.ndtv.com/video/show/news/police-ready-to-chargesheet-21-mlas-of-aap-371636
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http://www.firstpost.com/politics/more-trouble-for-aap-delhi-police-filing-chargesheet-against-21-mlas-including-cm-kejriwal-2299394.html

The story was also put up on Times Of India, but was later found to be deleted. It can be seen here.

Police Commissioner BS Bassi’s denial of the report

Bassi said, "If any such cases are pending, our objective is to conclude investigations as soon as possible. I do not know from where you receive such information."

“If any such cases are pending, our objective is to conclude investigations as soon as possible. I do not know from where you receive such information. I do not keep track of the number,” said Bassi in a statement given to the Economic Times.

Delhi PRO’s response

NewsGram decided to conduct further investigation into the issue. In a conversation with the Public Relations Officer of the Delhi Police, the news was completely denied. The PRO said that no such chargesheet has been filed till now and all reports are baseless.

The strategical use of media

Amidst the Sushma Swaraj-Lalit Modi ties dominating the space, a sudden entry of such a story might actually be suggestive of a strategic use of the power of media to remove concentration from one sphere to another. This could also be an evidence of usage of authority to create pressure over the media, and inducing them to indulge in a sort of agenda-setting.

AAP Spokesperson, Ashutosh also tweeted about the issue.

 

At such a point of time, one is reminded of the huge Clinton-Lewinsky affair that was allegedly connected to the Kosovo war, as a supposed attempt to divert public attention. The only difference, however, is the fact that in the case of ‘MonicaGate’, one did not have sources to confirm the alleged ties. But in the case of chargesheets filed against AAP, the supreme source, i.e, the Delhi police have denied any such activity, thus weakening the aforementioned supposed ‘strategy’.

What remains to be seen now is just whether the misinformed media houses will come up and reveal their ‘sources’, or whether they’ll simply resort to the easier option: hitting the delete button.

 

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  • JalTarang

    Excellent report….we need to understand how the media works nowadays.

  • Dobhal Subhash

    Totally agree with you.

  • JalTarang

    Excellent report….we need to understand how the media works nowadays.

  • Dobhal Subhash

    Totally agree with you.

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Gandhi also accused the government of suppressing and intimidating the media

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Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Monday accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his government of being anti-Dalit and said his party will defeat the BJP in 2019 Lok Sabha elections. Gandhi, who led his party’s day-long fast at Rajghat to highlight atrocities against Dalits and other communities, said party workers were protesting against an ideology, a way of thinking.

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“The atmosphere that has been created in the country, it is due to the ideology of the BJP. BJP’s ideology is to divide the country, crush the Dalits, tribals, minorities. We are against the ideology of the BJP. We are standing against it today, we will stand against it throughout our lives. And we will defeat them in the 2019 elections,” Gandhi told reporters.

Asked about BJP Dalit MPs writing to Modi with their complaints, Gandhi said: “You talk to them in Parliament. They also tell us that Modiji is a casteist person, an anti-Dalit person. He has no place for Dalits in his heart, the whole country knows this. It is not a secret.”

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Gandhi attacked BJP President Amit Shah for likening the coming together of opposition parties to “snakes, mongoose, dogs and cats” climbing a tree trunk to save themselves from floods. He said every person in the country was against the BJP.

“Some days back a BJP leader said that opposition members were animals. The truth is that today every person in the country is standing against the government. The approach that this government has against Dalits, tribals, minorities and farmers, we are standing against it,” he said. Gandhi said the country will not accept that Modi government “spreads violence, hatred in the country… We are standing here against this ideology.”

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Gandhi also accused the government of suppressing and intimidating the media. “You are standing on the other side but in actuality you are standing on our side as we are protecting you also. You are smiling, I know. We are fighting for you as well.” IANS