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NEW DELHI: Union Minister Nitin Gadkari sent legal notices to Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge and general secretary Jairam Ramesh on Friday for spreading misleading and defamatory news about him on a X.
Gadkari’s lawyer, Balendu Shekhar, said that his client was shocked upon discovering the contents and posts from the official Congress handle, which deliberately shared a 19-second video clip of an interview Gadkari gave to “The Lallantop” web portal.According to the lawyer, Congress concealed the contextual intent and meaning of Gadkari’s words in an attempt to create confusion and disrepute.
The legal notice states that this act was carried out with the sole purpose of fueling sensationalism and tarnishing Gadkari’s reputation in the eyes of the public. It also aims to create divisions within the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which is gearing up for the upcoming general election under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
“This legal notice is calling you to remove/delete the above mentioned post from your microbloging site ‘X’ forthwith and in any event, not later than 24 hours of the receipt of this legal notice, coupled with a written apology to my client within three days, failing which my client would have no other option but to take recourse to all such actions that are open to him, both civil and criminal, at your risk and expense,” it said.
The notice further states that Gadkari’s interview was taken out of context, distorted, and presented through a video that lacks the necessary contextual meaning.
This deliberate distortion was done deliberately and consciously using a selective Hindi caption that reads:”Aaj gaon, mazdoor aur kisan dukhi hai. Gaon mein achhe roads nahi hai, peene ke liye shudh pani nahi hai, achhe aspatal nahi hai, achhe schools nahi hai — Modi sarkar ke mantri Nitin Gadkari (Villages, labourers and farmers are unhappy today. Villages do not have roads, drinking water, good hospitals and schools — Nitin Gadkari, a minister in the Modi government).”
Despite being fully aware of the complete contents of Gadkari’s interview, where the government’s efforts were highlighted, Kharge and Ramesh deliberately shared the Hindi caption and video clip to tarnish Gadkari’s reputation.
(With input from agencies)


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