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Saffron-supported "BBC" site terms Rahul India's most corrupt politician, praises Modi for "approving" hydrogen bomb

By Our Representative
After creating a flutter on by calling Congress as one of the 10 most corrupt political parties in the world, a little known-site with a sensational name, BBC News Point (bbcnewspoint.com), which ironically has nothing to do with the prestigious British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), has called Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi as the No 1 corrupt politician of India.
Seeking to make political capital out of it, Sangh Parivar social media outfits, including opindia.com, tried to frantically make out that the site is not run by any saffron outfit but “probably” by Pakistanis, especially supporters of Imran Khan, cricketer-turned-politician “who is often termed as Arvind Kejriwal of Pakistan, enjoying similar support system online”.
Another rightwing site, postcard.news, which copied the BBC News Point “story” on Congress being the fourth most corrupt political party in the world. Interestingly, postcard.news claims itself a “platform not just for countering the lies of mainstream media” but also showcasing “positive change in the country.
Interestingly, however, the site’s contents were first found to have been flashed by a saffron twitter account, @IndiaBTL or India Behind The Lens, calling itself a watchdog, a supporter of “pro-national policies irrespective of any political party or government”, which has supported the cause of the cow vigilantes in the following words: “Gaurakshaks come into being because gangs … pick-up anyone's cow in matter of seconds, slaughter and skin them.”
Interestingly, one of the top twitter “followers” of India Behind The Lens, or @IndiaBTL, is the twitter handle of the the RSS’ mouthpiece, “The Organiser”. However, the right-wing site, opindia.com, claimed, people in India “most likely” picked up the BBC News Point “assessment” of Congress from Pakistani social media users.
Naming Rahul Gandhi No 1 corrupt politician of India, BBC News Point, claiming to be operating from the US, but refusing to offer any address or name of the editor or even phone number, writes in a poorly written English that Rahul is the son of “Rajiv Gandi (sic!) who was the Prime Minister of India”, is a “powerful politician due to his political background but he has done corruption many times in his period of government.”
At the same time, the site praises Prime Minister Narendra Modi as the sixth most powerful politician in the world, who has “vowed to make his homeland corruption free”. Among the great feats the site claims Modi has travelled include approving “a project for development of hydrogen bombs” and signing “agreements” with those who would be “surely putting India’s name among well-developed nations in future.”
Calling itself a “sensational stage”, bbcnewspoint.com contends that it “provides complete, healthy, brief and explained information from all over the world”, adding, the information it provides is “best quality trustworthy” (sic!) and “rare” for everyone to “understand more clearly” (sic!).
After bbcnewspoint.com came up with its “story” that the Congress one of the 10 most corrupt parties in the world, social media trolls, all of them of the saffron ilk, declared (@reachtkb ) that one has to only “look at the company they keep in the top 10 list – it is the who's who of the worst human rights violators across the world”,
Another twitterati told the Congress, “Congratulations you've made it in top 5”, while a third one said, had Enforcement Directorate Minister of Finance been “more active” in digging out Congress scams, it would have been “at d top (No 1) of d corruption list.”

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