After Suvendu Adhikari joined BJP, the party has removed the Narada sting operation video from its official YouTube channel that showed Adhikari and BJP leader Mukul Roy taking bribes.
After Suvendu Adhikari joined BJP, the party has removed the sting operation video from its official YouTube channel that showed Adhikari and BJP leader Mukul Roy taking bribes.
The video uploaded was of the sting operation by Narada News in 2016.
The clip showed journalist Matthew Samuels, posed as a businessman, purportedly offering money to 11 TMC leaders including Mukul Roy and Suvendu Adhikari.
The operation exposed several politicians and high-ranked police officers, who were seen accepting cash in exchange for providing unofficial favors to a company.
Video footage of Narada sting operation was one of the main tools of the BJP's campaign against the Trinamool before the 2016 assembly polls. In fact, Siddharthanath Singh, the then central observer of the state party, showed the video footage in a very dramatic manner at a press conference at the BJP's state office. The BJP solemnly claimed that they were releasing the video for the first time.
The BJP has already included Mukul Roy and Shovon Chatterjee in the party. Mukul Roy joined BJP in 2016 and Shovon Chatterjee in 2019. However, the Narada sting operation video remained on the BJP's YouTube channel. It was deleted after Suvendu Adhikari joined the BJP in presence of Union home minister Amit Shah last Saturday (December 19).
The videos and the screenshots resurfaced on social media platforms right after Adhikari joined BJP. The video screenshots shared by YouTuber, Dhruv Rathee, received more than 7,500 retweets and over 31,000 likes.
BJP received massive outrage from netizens for deleting the video from its official channel after Roy and Adhikari joined the party. People called out the party for its hypocrisy.
Although the video has now been deleted from the official BJP Youtube channel, the Facebook page of West Bengal BJP still has a video from 2016. The official page also contains the list of leaders on its timeline who were accused in the 2016 sting operation.
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Last Updated Dec 22, 2020, 11:03 AM IST