Sambit Patra, NDTV row: The ongoing tussle between BJP leader Sambit Patra and NDTV escalated further with the former trying to hit back at the channel alleging that it has an agenda. On Sunday, Patra retweeted a story carried by the Times of Islamabad website, which slammed Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Make in India initiative. The Pakistan-based website had reportedly cited its source of data as being NDTV. Patra apparently latched on to the report and retweeted with a caption: ‘Hmmm… agenda’. NDTV swiftly shot back in a tweet that the story was fake and it had not mentioned NDTV anywhere in the article, according to Indian Express report. The channel had sought a clarification from Patra. The channel posted on the micro blogging site that they were wrongly named in headline and URL. Patra, today again raised the issue and tweeted saying that ‘do I not have foe to call out a Pak publication (real not FAKE) which runs an anti India AGENDA? Why are some riled?’
The article referred to by Times of Islamabad was a column written by former Union minister P Chidambaram for the Indian Express on June 11, 2017. After Patra-NDTV exchange of tweets, the Pakistani website removed the channel’s name from its article and updated the content.
Take a look at Sambit Patra’s tweet
Do I not have FOE to call out a Pak publication (real not FAKE) which runs an anti India AGENDA?
Why are some riled? pic.twitter.com/TwedmA51sH
— Sambit Patra (@sambitswaraj) June 12, 2017
This comes after an NDTV anchor had reportedly asked him to leave mid-show following his allegation that the channel has an agenda.
On June 5, the CBI had carried out searches at the residence of NDTV founder Prannoy Roy for allegedly concealing a share transaction from the SEBI and causing a loss to a private bank. The channel had termed the move as a witch-hunt based on some old and false accusations. The CBI had also registered a case against RRPR Holding Pvt Limited, Prannoy Roy, his wife Radhika and unidentified officials of ICICI Bank of criminal conspiracy, cheating, and corruption.