“Dear PM, We don’t deserve a person like you” Emotional appeal falsely attributed to Arnab Goswami

“Dear Prime Minister, We don’t deserve a person like you.Major portion of the country’s population is not valuing your work. You work for more than 16 hours a day” read the introduction of a letter purportedly written by Republic TV editor-in-chief Arnab Goswami. This letter has gone viral on social media with the claims suggesting that it was penned by Goswami after the Bharatiya Janta Party lost the assembly election in all five states. The letter makes an emotional appeal to the readers about the efforts of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and castigates them for not valuing him enough.

Several users have shared the same letter with an attribution to Goswami on Facebook and Twitter. Speaking to The Quint, Arnab Goswami has denied any knowledge of such a letter.

THREE-YEAR-OLD LETTER

Since 2015, the letter has been circulating on social media. The same letter posted by a Facebook user, Abhishek Chopra on November 26, 2015 was one of the earliest instances that Alt News could find. According to this post, the letter was originally written with the initials, “APC” and NOT Arnab Goswami.

Reading the letter, it is evident that it was written after the result of the Bihar assembly election were declared in November 2015.

ShankhNaad, an online portal infamous for spreading misinformation and communally divisive content on social media had shared this letter in March 2016. It had garnered more than 1,71,000 shares.

Dear Prime Minister,

We don’t deserve a person like you.Major portion of the country’s population is not valuing your…

Posted by Shankh Naad on Saturday, March 5, 2016

Shankh Naad‘s post was also reported by the newspaper DNA in March 2016.

In the past as well, we have seen several instances where Facebook posts written by individuals have been falsely attributed to well-known public figures.

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