- The Garm Pradhan of Nagla Fatela village refuted the PM's claims
- He stated that the village had no electricity and the shared pictures were not of the village.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Independence Day speech was appreciated by thousands in the country. However, one of the claims that he made during his speech is now creating quite a problem for the Modi government.
In his Independence Day speech, talking about the electrification of villages in the country, the PM said, "Out of 18,000 villages, more than 10,000 villages have been electrified. The village of Nagla Fatela is only three hours from Delhi, but it took more than 70 years for it to get electricity. I have been told they are with us, watching this celebration of Independence Day."
Modi's official Twitter handle @PMOIndia later even tweeted a photo of a group of people allegedly sitting in Nagla Fatela village and watching his speech on a TV set. An enthusiastic union power minister, Piyush Goyal, in fact, tweeted not one but several photos of people watching Independence Day celebrations
Nagla Fatela village comes under Sasni tehsil of Hathras district in Uttar Pradesh. The garm pradhan of Nagla Fatela village refuted the claim and said that neither was there any electricity in the village, nor did were the pictures published on the PMO Twitter account belong to their village.
A report in the Indian Express also said that poles have been set up and electricity metres have been installed in the houses, but there is no power supply.
The power ministry later even issued a clarification on the issue. However, that only further left the government embarrassed.
While the tweet put by PMO was later deleted, the power minister has still stuck to his guns.
Last Updated 31, Mar 2018, 6:40 PM IST