Some True, Most Not: BJP Spokesman’s 2-Year Claims


A rural road connecting villages Bijupara and Khalari in Jharkhand. Contrary to the Bharatiya Janata Party spokesperson’s claims, Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana, the government’s decade-and-a-half-old rural roads scheme got a financial assistance of Rs 22,000 crore in 2010-11, under the previous government, 15% more than the budgeted amount of Rs 19,000 crore in 2016-17. …Read More

Modi’s I-Day Speech: Many Claims Correct, Many Exaggerated


    Accountability, responsibility and efficiency were the keywords in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s speech from the ramparts of the Red Fort on the 70th Independence Day; and the focus, ‘good governance’.   The PM quoted data to back his government’s claims and got many right, although some exaggerations were evident and a couple missed …Read More

BJP’s Claim Of Record Coal Production Is Correct


    “#India‘s #coal story: from scarcity to surplus in 2 years!” tweeted Shaina NC, national spokesperson, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on 30 July 2016.   #India's #coal story : from scarcity to surplus in 2 years!Proud of @narendramodi Ji & Team#Best_Cabinet_Ever — ShainaNC (@ShainaNC) July 30, 2016   Although Shaina’s tweet did not …Read More

Arhar Modi! Prices Up 200% In 5 Years, Farm Problems Older


  “Aaj kal gaon me naya nara chala hai: Arhar Modi! Arhar Modi! Arhar Modi!“   “These days there’s a new slogan in the village: Arhar Modi…”   Sarcastically riffing on “Har har Modi (hail Modi),” a 2014 election slogan, Congress vice President Rahul Gandhi was referring to the rise in pulses–in this case split …Read More

No Child Labour In Tamil Nadu: AIADMK MP. He’s Wrong


    “There is no child labour in Tamil Nadu due to the efforts of the honourable chief minister (J Jayalalitha),” said A. Navaneethakrishnan, member of parliament (MP) from the state’s ruling AIADMK, in the Rajya Sabha on July 19, 2016.   Sh. A. Navaneethakrishna’s remarks on The Child Labour (Prohibition & Regulation) Amnd. Bill, …Read More