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EXPOSED: Amit Shah, Times Now & Republic TV LIED about Congress’s Manifesto in Telangana; Read Point By Point Rebuttal

Amit Shah - BJP President

A draft manifesto was released by the Indian National Congress last week, ahead of the Telangana elections. Two mainstream media channels reported that the Congress has made a brazen attempt at pitting Muslims against Hindus.

On 26th November, Times Now ran a show analysing the details of the draft, emphasising how Congress was all out to appease only a particular community.

On 27th November, Managing Editor of Times Now, Navika Kumar also did a show on the Congress’ manifesto running a hashtag, #CongForMuslimsTape, where she said,

“Hospitals will be build for Muslims, schools will be build for Muslims.”

Similarly, rival channel, Republic TV too reported and spread the same narrative that the manifesto of the Congress party has promised seven benefits exclusively for Muslims and other minority sections in Telangana. The headline of the report read,

“Congress On Appeasement Overdrive In Telangana: ‘Muslim Only’ Schools & Hospitals, Free Power For Mosques Promised”.

They even enlisted seven pointers as mentioned below, pushing their misunderstanding of the draft :
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On 27th November evening, Republic editor-in-chief Arnab Goswami conducted a primetime show with a hashtag #MuslimOnlyCongress, pushing the incorrect narrative to his audience.



On 2nd December, BJP President Amit Shah addressed a public meeting in Narayanpet, Telangana. Taking cue from this, Shah made several claims against the Congress manifesto while rallying in the state. Many of them were found to be incorrect.

CLAIM 1 : “Free electricity to mosques and churches, not temples”


“मित्रों ये कहते है कांग्रेस पार्टी कहती है मस्जिद और चर्च का लाइट बिल तेलंगाना गवर्नमेंट भरेगी| उसमे हमे कोई आपत्ति नहीं है मगर मंदिरों का क्यों नहीं भरोगे भाई? मंदिरों का भी भरना चाहिए या नहीं बहाना चाहिए?”

(Friends, this Congress party says that Telangana government will pay the electricity bill of mosques and churches. We do not oppose this but why will they not pay for temples? Should electricity bills of temples be paid or not?)”


What Manifesto Reads :


Claim 2: “Separate recruitment of Urdu teachers”


“मित्रों मैं कहना चाहता हूँ वो कहते है उर्दू जानते है ऐसे टीचरों को अलग से भर्ती करेंगे| तो तेलुगु बोलने वाले टीचर कहा जायेंगे? तेलुगु लिखने पड़ने वाले टीचर कहा जायेंगे?

(Friends, I want to say that they [Congress] wish to separately recruit Urdu-speaking teachers. Then where will the Telugu-speaking teachers go? What will happen to teachers who read and write in Telugu?)” questioned Shah.

What Manifesto Reads :

Claim 3: “Scholarships to minorities”

“मित्रों वो २० लाख रूपया माइनॉरिटी के स्टूडेंट्स को देंगे| मैं पूछना चाहता हु पिछड़ा समाज का ओबीसी समाज का गरब बच्चा जिसके पास पड़ने के लिए पैसे नहीं है, उसको पैसे मिलने चाहिए या नहीं मिलने चाहिए?

(Friends, they [Congress] will give Rs 20 lakh to minority students. I want to ask if OBCs of the backward sections of the society should be given money or not?)

What Manifesto Reads :

Claim 4: “Hospitals for minorities”


“माइनॉरिटी के लिए अलग अस्पताल बनाने की बात करते है| मैं पूछना चाहता हु राहुल गाँधी को जो गरीब तेलंगाना माइनॉरिटी कम्युनिटी में नहीं है उनका दोष क्या?

(They [Congress] talk about building separate hospitals for minorities. I want to ask Rahul Gandhi what about the poor who do not come under Telangana minority community?)


What Manifesto Reads :



Claim : Residential schools for Muslims

The manifesto states, “Special Residential Schools will be established for girls belonging to minority community” but there are a slew of residential schools promised to other groups in the manifesto which have been overlooked, including provisions for visually challenged people and tribal communities.

Claim : Action against religious discrimination

According to the manifesto, “All kinds of discrimination on religious grounds in giving jobs in both public and private sectors will be stopped.”  

However, this has been painted as Muslim appeasement by some mainstream mediadespite the fact that the language of the provision in the manifesto does not refer only to Muslims.

“Strict action will be taken against those who refuse jobs in private sector to anyone on the basis of his/her religion”, the sentence itself mention no religion in specific but this was equated as Islam/Muslims because it was mentioned under the minorities section. Times Now reporter, Paul Oommen on air misconstrued the point by saying,

“They will have to give employment on the basis of religion.”

Claim : ₹5 lakh will be given to Muslims alone for construction of houses

In the debate, Arnab Goswami said,

“Ghar banane ke liye Hinduon ko, Sikhon ko ghar banane ke liye loan bhi nahin milega. Yeh sirf Musalmano ko milega

(Hindus and Sikhs won’t even get loans for building homes, only Muslims will -translated)”.

The manifesto states,

“Eligible minorities will be given Rs. 5 lakh financial assistance for construction of own house.” Moreover, it also stated, “For SC, ST families, Rs. 6 Lakh will be given for the construction of their own house.” 

The party has also pledged assistance of Rs. 5 lakh to eligible people for construction of house on their own land. There are 22 lakh individuals eligible to get a housing unit as per the Intensive Household survey.




The above article has been curated from leading Fact Check portal


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