A huge storm of outrage erupted when former VP Hamid Ansari stated that there’s a sense of unease among Muslims in an interview. What followed was a virulent right-wing troll attack. A sample of attack can be seen in the image below, with both Ashok Singh and Gita Kapoor being followed by PM Modi on Twitter.

ansari abused

Also, a misinformed attack that was launched against Hamid Ansari after 2015 Republic day was reiterated on social media. The account India BTL is followed by PM Modi. Why wasn’t VP Ansari saluting while others were was the question that was asked back then and reiterated again after VP’s controversial interview.

The protocol states that a Vice President is not supposed to salute when the President is present as President is the Principal dignitary. Since President is the first citizen of the country, he is considered as the Principal dignitary in any function he attends. Which is why, in the following picture of 2003 Republic day celebrations, when Mr Vajpayee was the PM, he’s not saluting while former President Abdul Kalam is.

While it is imaginable that Internet trolls may not know the official protocol, it comes as quite a shocker when BJP’s National spokesperson attacks the outgoing VP Hamid Ansari on the same basis. Sambit Patra who is BJP’s National Spokesperson tweeted the following poster on August 13th. In the poster, among other things, the outgoing VP was faulted for not saluting and it was claimed that it was a ‘Fortuitous aberration’.

That was not the only bit of misinformation propagated by Sambit Patra. The poster also contained the headline of a scroll.in article titled “Hamid Ansari’s absence from Yoga Day events sparks a Twitter war”. This controversy arose in 2015 when Hamid Ansari was not present in the International Yoga Day celebrations and BJP National General Secretary Ram Madhav had raised this issue on Twitter when he had tweeted, “While the President participated d VP gave a miss“. This attack was then carried forward by BJP’s National IT Cell head Amit Malviya.

Amit Malviya Hamid Ansari obviously thinks that as VP he has no obligation to be part of India's global efforts #InternationalYogaDay

The Government had to issue an official apology on behalf of Ram Madhav as the reason why the VP didn’t attend the event was because he wasn’t invited. Huffington post reported that Union minister Shripad Naik cited protocol to say that the Vice-President can’t be invited to an event where the Prime Minister is chief guest amid reports that the government is upset with the needless controversy triggered by Madhav’s tweets. Mr Naik further stated, “Unknowingly something happens, we apologise for that. It should have been avoided. It’s a mistake, he (Madhav) agrees, he apologized. He withdrew his statement,” when he was asked to comment on Madhav’s controversial tweet.

Unfortunately, 2 years later, BJP’s National Spokesperson Sambit Patra is carrying on the same line of attack for which Union Government has already apologized.

This wasn’t the first time Sambit Patra propagated fake news/false information. He had once showed a photoshopped version of Iwo Jima on Times Now.

Sambit patra shows a photoshopped image of Rsenthal's iconic IWO JIMA pic, says "Look at our Indian soliders!"

He had also tweeted a link from a fake news site called Times of Islamabad. Read more about it here.

Sambit Patra tweeting Times of Islamabad article

In a panel discussion on Aaj Tak on March 17 2017, Sambit Patra had claimed that Congress VP Rahul Gandhi had raped a woman called Sukanya Devi. Supreme Court of India had dismissed this allegation back in 2012 and had stated, “The allegation is without substance and without an iota of evidence“. Supreme Court had also fined the petitioners 10 lakhs for the false case. A clipping of the same Aaj Tak discussion can be seen below.

A slip here and there is alright. In this day and age of social media, everyone falls for fake news. However, when a National Spokesperson consistently propagates falsity, it is definitely a concern. Is it intentional? Is it an issue with Mr Patra’s work ethic? Only Mr Patra can answer.

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26 Comments on "BJP Spokesperson Sambit Patra defames former Vice President Hamid Ansari"

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MADHAB
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Bettaa kuchh bhi karle, saare Khangressi Bhaade k Tattu mill k bhi BJP ko agle 25 saal tak k liye haraa nagi saktaa.

I got nuthing
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Wow what a respectful way of showing dissent.

Deepak
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Pls do not reply to them . they need sympathy.

Anil N
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I think, more than sympathy, they need healing of both the body and the mind

HappyIDay
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Sambit is a shameless liar. Its high time to sue him for his slanders.

truthsurvives
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Dumbit-patra at it again !!!
cow-Shit-Eating morons

Anil
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Let us not stoop to the level of the trolls by using the kind of language that they use all the time. Let us have a dignified response and not lose our self respect.

Prem
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Good point

RedBaron
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Best to ignore Sambit Goebbels. If you want to preserve your sanity please avoid all “news” channels (especially their discussions) like plague.
Rule number 1 of Internet is “Don’t feed the trolls”. In real world, trolls are the news anchors and panelists. Don’t feed them.

Ramesh Nakhwa
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Ansari followed a muslim agenda rather than a iNdian agenda throughout his tenure of VP. He could have saluted the national flag instead of hiding behind a technicality. Now he has come in the open and is supporting a agenda which will not help him

Deepak
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Pls read postcard.news that suits your venoumous thrust if hatred and misinformation….facts and logics are not meant for zombies and robots.

HappyIDay
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Brother you are still following the lies of trolls. It has been clarified that it is against the protocol to salute the flag by the VP.

Bhakts are born dumb?!

pavan
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We goes as per protocol. Agreed he cant salute when president is saluting but code of national flag also says that other than dignitary has to raise there head towards flag. unfortunately that tribute also not given by our former VP.

mubeen
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sambit patra turns HASYA PATRA…..

S Z Ahmad
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Hats off to Alt News and Pratik Sinha for exposing the Goebbels of the present day. With the sort of ‘news’ and ‘tweets’ afloat in the social media, any reader can well be taken for a ride. I thank you for uncovering the systematic lies and canards of our so-called intellectuals and the bhakts.

khan
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BJP(Brahman Janatha Party) is the political wing of RSS who fundamentals are based on Hinduism holy books Vedas, Puranas & Manusmriti which says: . The communal Manusmriti which preaches that Brahman the upper cast should discriminate the lower caste Shudra Muslims on the following principals: No collection of wealth to be made by Shudra even though he may be able to do it. Brahman can take Sudra’s property by force. (Manusmriti X,129). Brahman can have 4 wives, Kshatriya can have 3 wives , Vaishnava can have 2 wives, Sudra cannot have more than 1 wife. (Aitreya Veda, Brahma VIII, 29… Read more »
Shankar
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First look into evils in Islam. A Muslim should kill non believers. Talaq, no entry for women into mosques.
Islam has treated all non Muslims and women as shudras.

gnyanesh
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Spreading misinformation and character assassination for political and vote bank politics objective is BJP and its Leaders and spokespersons Coordinated strategy for a very very long time and now the dark art is Mastered by them with no remorse .

cheechee
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you do not see problem when someone silent for 3 years and then suddenly opens his mouth after losing the position. cheaper than behavior of mean politicians.

Raj Baral
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Sambit Patra is the person who knows everything and expertise in every subject. He should be entered in Guinness world book record and as well as government should establish a new ministry with fake news portfolio which should be lead by fake news propagation expert MR. SAMBIT PATRA

cheechee
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why not single intellectual in the country asked the ‘delayed’ realization by former V-P? well it suits him and the likes. regardless the substance of what he said he just matched the paid media. for 7 decades media did not worry about plenty of social problems including those of Muslim women. as soon as a non-congi govt. formed they found every attack on women, dalit, muslim as govt. failure. This man too ‘realized’ only after 7 years failure as Chairman of the RS and enjoying position for 3 years despite his own community under attack (as per him). Modi gave… Read more »
125
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once a wise man said that the string of event would follow when you start your journey to dethrone the beholders… first they mock at you, then they angry on you, then they defame you, abuse you, threatened you, bribe you and at last when they failed to do so THEY WILL ASK YOU TO SWITCH THE PARTY.

421
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some-shit patra.,,……
my first trolling

varun
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The writer is so dumb that he is ok with this vile ex Ansari – a congress stooge – ridiculing and defaming the entire Hindu community while in seat of Vice president. By blaming HIndus, Ansari in essence has ridiculed and disrespected entire India and its civilization. But this dumb author of Fake-News has problem with with this vile Ansari being ridiculed on pretext of being vice president. Mr Author of Fake News, let me remind you : your 24×7 365 job is to ridicule and defame the highest authority which is Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi. Kindly publish… Read more »
Shankar
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Didn’t know about this. Thanks for posting. we really had a vice president who in the name of protocol never minded to salute the National Flag.
My question is it a crime to salute the flag.

pavan
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How you justify Mr.Ansari’s presence in function organised by PFI.