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Did Rajasthan govt ask for payment before refueling UPSRTC buses as claimed by Sambit Patra?

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Rajasthan: Ever since Priyanka Gandhi Vadra offered 1000 buses to UP government to ferry stranded Migrant workers at the Delhi-UP border, things have started to get ugly between the UP govt. and the UP Congress. Both parties have been trading jibes at each other. BJP’s official spokesperson Dr. Sambit Patra’s in his recent tweet claimed that “While returning the students of Uttar Pradesh from Kota, some buses of UP required diesel. Priyanka Vadra’s Rajasthan government took Rs 19 lakh from UP government by opening the office at midnight. They didn’t allow buses to leave until their payment for diesel was cleared”. In this article we are going to check two claims regarding the same matter.

Claim 1: Sambit claims that Rajasthan govt asked UP govt. to clear the dues at midnight for refueling UP buses carrying students from Kota. (Archive link)

Claim 2: (22nd may) U.P. Deputy Chief Minister Dinesh Sharma said, we requested the Rajasthan government for 94 buses in April. The Rajasthan government agreed to it but asked for a payment for it along with a written appeal for the buses.

Facto Check:  Claim 1

UP government has sent 300+ buses to bring back 8000-1000 students from Kota on 17th-18th April. Upon arrival buses needed refueling to return back and they have asked help from Rajasthan State Road Transport Corporation (RSRTC) for the same.

We found the letter dated 18th April by Uttar Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation (UPSRTC) with Details of Diesel filled to UP buses by RSRTC on 17th-18th April. The letter explains in detail of refueling of UP buses by RSRTC, and asked for bank details and amount to make the payment for the same.

150 buses got 120-liter diesel per each bus – Rs 12,78,000

100 buses got 60 liters diesel per each bus – Rs 42,6000

50 buses got 120-liter diesel per each bus  – Rs 4,26,000

20 Buses got 120-Liter diesel per each bus – Rs 1,70,400

Total approx. 19,17000 at the rate of 71/ltr, where the check amount is 19,67,286 in the tweet shared by Sambit Patra.

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Conclusion claim 1: On 18th April UPSRTC in a letter to  RSRTC they asked to provide bank details and charges for refuel done on 17-18th April. Whereas we can see the 19 lakh rupees check shared by Dr Sambit Patra has a date of  5th May 2020. So the claim of Rajasthan govt asked to open the UP govt office at midnight and make the payment before refueling is found to be false

FactO Check: Claim 2 

According to an article published on 22nd May by The Hindu, ‘U.P. Deputy Chief Minister Dinesh Sharma said the State government had sent 560 buses to Rajasthan to bring back students in Kota in April. The govt. was expecting 8000 to 10000 students, but upon arrival, there were 12000 students and then we have asked for help from Rajasthan govt for 94 more buses in April. According to the letter below dated to 18th April we can see UP Privahan Nigam asked for details of 75 buses and also asked if possible to provide charges/invoice to proceed with payment.

“यदि आवश्यक हो, तो राज्य परिवहन द्वारा उपलब्ध कराइ गई बसों के ब्यो का विवरण और सत्यापित विजक उत्तर प्रदेश सदर परिवहन निगण द्वारा भुगतान हेतु प्रेषित करने का कास्ट करे” Roughly tranlated (In case its required, then please provide buses details and approved invoice to proceed with payment)

According to the below letter dated 27th April from UPSRTC , we can see that UPSRTC is again asking for bank details to make the payment for buses provided by RSRTC during emergency help to carry stranded students from Kota to different cities of UP. UP govt request

Once after receiving this letter, RSRTC responded to it on 8th May 2020 with bank details.

UP govt

We can see it was UPSRTC  who promised to pay as per approved terrific for buses and asked for an invoice and bank details in a letter written on 18th April to RSRTC. They wrote another letter on 27th April requesting bank details for RTGS along with Invoice for those buses. And we can see RSRTC responded to the letter on 8th May with the amount to be paid (Rs 36,36,664/-) and Bank details for RTGS. And as per PTI news the same was cleared on 22nd May 2020.

Conclusion Claim 2: So claim by UP Deputy CM Dinesh Sharma that Rajasthan govt is asking for payment for buses provided in April to transport stranded UP students from Kota is found to be false. It was UPSRTC  who promised to pay for buses as per approved tariff. 

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Who is Javed Qureshi? Just a local Kashmiri slamming Mehbooba Mufti?

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Jammu: A video of a Muslim man tearing his Kurta and shouting “Hindustan live within us” has gone viral with a claim as a Local man from Jammu and Kashmir is slamming the PDP Chief after she made a controversial statement. A Twitter user @TheSkandar tweeted “Hello @MehboobaMufti , a local Kashmiri Javid Qureshi have a message for you.” The tweet by @TheSkandar comes after PDP chief and former J&K chief minister made a controversial statement, where she said she would only hold the national tricolor when the flag of the erstwhile state is restored.

The tweet was endorsed by Zee news anchor Sudhir Chaudhary. The tweet is viral on Twitter where hundreds of users are claiming it that its a video of a local Kashmiri. Find here.

Jammu- Kashmir Now, who claims to bring facts and information about J&K has also tweeted the video of Javed Qureshi.

Who is Javed Qureshi:

We did a keyword search to know about Javed Qureshi, and found a photo of him with a BJP scarf addressing media. We found an article published in June 2020 by KNS Kashmir, covering the story of Javed Quareshi attending Jammu and Kashmir Jan Samvad rally which was hosted virtually by Defence Minister and senior BJP leader Rajnath Singh on Sunday(14th June 2020). We also found an YouTube video with the caption “#BJP leader Javed Qureshi keeps Roza for the speedy recovery of Union Home Minister #AmitShah”, when he announced to fast until Home minister Amit Shat gets recovered from Covid19.

We also found another article published by DNA India, on july 25th. DNA reported “Muslim BJP leader fasts for quick recovery of J&K party chief Ravinder Raina”. According to the article Javaid Qureshi, a senior BJP leader from Kupwara in the Union Territory, is fasting for the early recovery of Raina.

When Mr. Javed Qureshi claims to be a BJP man and several media reports also acknowledges the same in multiple articles, a senior BJP leader, and former MLC, Sofi Yousuf made some contradictory statements. He told Fast Kashmir on 30th Sep 2020 that “Javaid Qureshi alias Javed Molvi of Handwara is no more associated with the party”. Another article published on 8th August by KNS Kashmir says that Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) Kupwara has distanced itself from the statement of its activist Javed Qureshi and said the party will take tough action against his repeated breach of protocol in coming days.

In the 2019 Lok Sabha election, he contested as an Independent candidate. When he claimed to be a BJP leader/Activist, BJP distanced itself from his activities in J&K in the name of BJP. Sofi Yousuf told “The Kashmiriyat” that there is a person called Rajeev Chandeel who runs some ‘BJP Modi-Shah Mission’ and he has nominated Javed Qureshi as State BJP President for Jammu and Kashmir. There are people from Jammu and Kashmir who have met him and he has entrusted them with assignments. We don’t know where from this Rajeev Chandeel is and those who are meeting him are defaming BJP, Sofi said.

Conclusion: FactO News in anyway doesn’t endorse or support Mehbooba Mufti’s statements. From the sources we found, it is evident that Mr. Qureshi is/was an active member of the BJP party and he is not just any local kashmiri. There is a difference between a local Kashmiri’s opinion and a politician’s opinion which’s influenced by a party. The intention of this article is to only let readers know that certain sections of social media users are trying to portray politician’s opinions and their public stunts as of local Kashmiris. This kind of practise would suppress the real voice of the society, influence their judgments and opinions.

 

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Kangana Ranaut lies that she was forced to vote Shiv Sena in 2019 polls, threatens journalist after proved wrong

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Mumbai: Kangana Ranaut has been in national media since she started being vocal about Sushant Singh Rajput’s suicide. What started as a war on nepotism and “Justice for Sushant”, a series of dramatic events has shifted the topic to consumption of drugs in Bollywood. She further went on to compare Mumbai with POK(Pakistan Occupied Kashmir), and challenged anyone to stop her visiting Mumbai on September 9th after receiving a lot of political backlash from the leaders of Shiv Sena party. BMC demolished part of her Bandra office citing illegal construction after her visit.

In a recent interview on Times Now with Navika Kumar, Kangana claimed that she was forced to vote for Shiv Sena Party due to its alliance with the Bharatiya Janata Party. She said, “I am a BJP supporter, why should I vote for Shiv Sena? See I don’t understand politics, I am very naive. I don’t know why these groupisms happen but I was forced to put my hand on Shiv Sena button because there was no option of BJP. Their alliance for those areas was only and only Shiv Sena so I voted for them and this is the treatment I am getting.”

Shiv Sena and BJP contested Maharashtra State and General Elections together, later Shiv Sena separated from BJP and formed Government in Maharashtra in an alliance with NCP and Congress.

FactO Check:

If Kangana Ranaut is talking about Vidhan Sabha election, the area in which her vote was registered comes under Bandra East constituency. In the 2019 Vidhan Sabha Election,  Av. Ashis Shelar of BJP contested from “Vandre West (Bandra West) in an alliance with Shiv Sena. Also, according to an article published on Amar Ujala, Kangana was not in Mumbai during Vidhan Sabha Election as she went to Delhi to meet PM Modi on 19th OCT and couldn’t return back by polling day.

When it comes to Lok Sabha ELections, according to a tweet by ANI, Kangana did vote on 29th APRIL, in Mumbai. ANI tweets “Actor Kangana Ranaut after casting her vote at a polling booth in Khar.” Khar, comes under the Mumbai Suburban district, which is a part of the Bandra West assembly constituency and Mumbai North Central Lok Sabha constituency. BJP (in alliance with Shiv Sena) candidate Poonam Mahajan contested and won from Mumbai North Central constituency.

BJP Candidate Poonam Mahajan coming out from polling booth, Worli.

So, Kangana’s claim that she was forced to vote Shiv Sena due to the BJP-Sena alliance is found to be false. When an India Today Journalist @kamleshsutar called out her fake claims on twitter, she threatened him of Legal action. She tried to justify her statement by saying that she was referring to the Lok Sabha election.

Later she deleted her two tweets when Journalist Kamlesh Sutar proved her wrong again.

Conclusion: Kangana Ranaut was found to be lying on national TV. Even after lying, she backed her claim on twitter and later deleted after fact-checked by India Today Editor kamlesh Sutar.

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Old images of convoy are viral as Karni Sena reaching Mumbai to support Kangana Ranaut

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Mumbai: Kangana Ranaut and Shiv Sena leaders engaged in a verbal spat after the former compared Mumbai to PoK (Pakistan Occupied Kashmir). Responding to Kangana’s statement, Sanjay Raut of Shiv Sena said that if Kangana feels unsafe in Mumbai, then she should not come to the city, to which Kangana responded that she would come to Mumbai on September 9 and challenged anyone to stop her. Following the events, many social media users and political leaders have appealed to the Central govt. to provide Kangana security. Just before her arrival in Mumbai, the Central govt. has granted Y plus security to her.

Several social media users have pledged their support to Kangana. Meanwhile, Karni Sena has come forward to pledge their support to Kangana. According to The Week  and TOI, Karni Sena said its members will provide security to Kangana Ranaut and escort her from airport to her home. Since then, a picture of convoy of vehicles is going viral across social media with a claim that, in order to protect Kangana Ranaut, Karni Sena left for Mumbai with over 1000 vehicles.

A parody account of Kangana posted these fake photos which got over 2K RTs.

A Facebook user, “Awadh Bihari Verma”  has posted the same picture in a public group  “Sudhir Chaudhary” with a claim, कंगना राणावत के सम्मान में, 1000 गाड़ियों के साथ करणी सेना महाराष्ट्र रवाना। जय भवानी जय राजपूताना। अब देखो हमारी ताकत।।।जय श्री राम 🙏🚩“. The viral post has garnered over 7.6k comments and 15k shares.

Another Twitter user @AnjaliYadav007 shared the same images with the same claim in her handle.

FactO Check:

A reverse image search of the above images directed us to social media posts between 2016 and 2017.  A Facebook user “Barmer Congress” has shared this picture on 22 March 2016, with a caption, “Carcade of #RPCC CHief Shri Sachin Pilot and #AICC Secretary Shri Harish Chaudhary”.


A Twitter user @KrantiTiwari1 has tweeted the above image on March 22, 2016 claiming that the convoy is of Rajasthan PCC chief Sachin Pilot.

Conclusion: It is evident that the viral pictures are not from Karni Sena’s convoy reaching Mumbai. Old images are shared on social media claiming it to be of Karni Sena’s. The viral claims are false and misleading.

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