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AltNews falsely quoted PM Modi: PM has never said that more electricity was supplied during Eid than Diwali in U.P

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PM Modi had never claimed that more electricity was supplied during Ramzan than Diwali. AltNews falsely accused PM Modi of giving a communal speech by cherry picking one sentence from his speech.

On 10th January 2018, AltNews published an article about PM Modi to highlight how PM Modi misleads the nation through half-truths and lies. They have highlighted 10 cases where PM Modi had lied. Here is the link to that article.

Half truths and whole lies – ten times PM Modi misled the nation in 2017

In the first case, they claimed that PM lied to the nation when he said Former PM Vajpayee was a passenger on India’s first ever metro. It is true that Delhi Metro was not the first metro of this country, but can we call it a lie? This is a typic case of poor general knowledge. Maybe the speechwriter of PM deliberately ignored this but we can't be certain about it. But this article is not about this case.

In case 5, AltNews writes "PM Modi at a rally in Fatehpur had suggested that the U.P govt then headed by the Samajwadi party had supplied more electricity during the festival of Eid than Diwali". They quoted PM Modi "Ramzan me bijli ati hai toh Diwali me bhi ani chahiye; bhedbhav nahi hona chahiye” (If there is electricity during Ramadan then it must be available during Diwali too; there shouldn’t be any discrimination)".

They went on to prove how PM Modi had lied by showing the official figures:

Official statistics, the power supply on Eid (6 July 2016) was 13,500 MW per day while the power supply on Diwali (28 Oct to Nov 1, 2016) was 15,400 MW per day with a 24-hour supply on all 5 days.

They had also given the reference of an article written by its founder Pratik Sinha in which he has proved how PM claim is false. You can read his article here:

Official statistics contradict PM Modi’s claim of more electricity being supplied on Eid than Diwali

Here is the first paragraph of the article written by Pratik Sinha:

In an election rally in Uttar Pradesh’s Fatehpur yesterday, Narendra Modi suggested that UP Government supplies more electricity during Eid than Diwali. He said, “Ramzan me bijli athi hai tho Diwali me bhi ani chahiye; Bhedbhav nhi hona chahiye (If there is electricity during Ramadan then it must be available during Diwali too; there shouldn’t be any discrimination)”. The PM also said “Gaon me kabristan banta hai to shamshaan bhi banna chahiye (If there is a ‘kabaristaan’ (graveyard), there should be a ‘shamshaan’ (cremation ground) too.”

Did PM Modi claim that more electricity was supplied during Eid than Diwali?

We searched for PM Modi's speech on Youtube and found an extended version of the clip.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s at a rally in Fatehpur, Uttar Pradesh said that the ruling Samajwadi Party government was biased in its treatment of different communities. “Gaon mein agar kabristan banta hai, to gaon mein shamshaan bhi banana chahiye. Agar Ramzan mein bijli milti hai, to Diwali mein bhi milni chahiye. Agar Holi mein bijli milti hai, to Eid par bhi bijli milni chahiye. Bhedbhav nahin hona chahiye (If a village gets a graveyard, it should get a cremation ground too. If there is electricity during Ramzan, there should be electricity during Diwali too. If there is electricity during Holi, there should be electricity during Eid too. There should not be any discrimination).

AltNews and Pratik Sinha had very cleverly removed the part when PM said if there is electricity during Holi, there should be electricity during Eid too.

In his speech, PM Modi never said that there is more electricity supply in Ramzan than Diwali. Going by the logic of AltNews and Pratik Sinha, PM Modi also claimed that more electricity was supplied during Holi than Eid.

But this is not the case. The logic of Pratik is as faulty as his fact-checking skill. PM Modi was talking about equality across religions and caste. In this beginning of the above video, PM Modi said "we never said that only Hindus will get and not Muslims, or only certain caste will get benefits. We always say everyone will get the govt benefits irrespective of their religion." He then accused UP govt of discrimination based on caste and religion and said "when we ask Dalits, they say OBC takes their benefits, OBC says Yadavs get all the benefits, Yadav says only the relatives of Akhilesh Yadav get benefits and rest all are taken by Muslims. Everyone is complaining in UP. This discrimination will not work. Everyone should be befitted from the govt initiatives and this is the motto of BJP government. His comment about graveyard and electricity was followed by this.

Mr Pratik Sinha had conveniently ignored the other parts of PM's speech and showed it as a communal. But in reality, PM was talking about equality across religion and caste.

The irony is that AltNews regularly debunks cleverly edited videos to defend people of left-wing like Barkha Dutt and other Congress leaders.

Since AltNews is known for silently updating the article as pointed out by us earlier, we have archived both the article. (Archived links: article 1, article 2)

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