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Congress makes false claim of PM Modi shooting for film at Corbett 3 hours after Pulwama attack

Author: Vikram Bhalla
Publication: The Times of India
Date: February 22, 2019
URL:    https://m.timesofindia.com/news/congress-makes-fake-claim-of-pm-modi-shooting-for-film-at-corbett-3-hours-after-pulwama-attack/amp_articleshow/68114435.cms?__twitter_impression=true

The Congress Party accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of shooting for a film at the Corbett National Park on February 14, “three hours after the Pulwama terror attack took place”.

“When the entire country was mourning the deaths of the jawans, Prime Minister Modi was shooting for a film at the Corbett National Park and indulging in a boat ride to look at crocodiles,” Scroll.in quoted the Congress as saying. “This film shooting went on till 6.30 pm that day. He had tea and snacks at 6.45 pm. It is horrific that till four hours after such an attack, Modi was busy with his own branding, photoshoot and snacks.”

Addressing a press conference, Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala also claimed that the “attack happened at 3:10 pm” on February 14. He apparently used a newspaper clipping to make these claims. He also said PM Modi was enjoying snacks at the Rampur guest house.

Further criticizing the “misplaced priorities” of the Modi government in the wake of the terror attack, Surjewala flashed pictures of Modi taking a boat ride and claimed that for the prime minister, the “lust for power” holds more significance than soldiers. He also claimed that all this happened “four hours” after the attack.
Congress President Rahul Gandhi tweeted some more photos of Modi today and claimed that the “Prime Time Minister” was indulging in a river photoshoot after the attacks. Gandhi, generous than Surjewala, claimed that it happened “three hours” after the attack.

Rahul Gandhi @RahulGandhi
 पुलवामा में 40 जवानों की शहादत की खबर के तीन घंटे बाद भी ‘प्राइम टाइम मिनिस्टर’ फिल्म शूटिंग करते रहे।

देश के दिल व शहीदों के घरों में दर्द का दरिया उमड़ा था और वे हँसते हुए दरिया में फोटोशूट पर थे।#PhotoShootSarkar

11:50 AM - Feb 22, 2019


Taking a cue, Twitter accounts with huge following, used sarcasm to attack Modi.
Joy @Joydas
 Even 3 Hours after Pulwama attack, Narendra Modi was busy Shooting Video for Discovery. Spin is that because of Bad Weather Communication didn’t reach him. Reason must be Nehru was sitting on top of Mobile Tower and disrupting the Signals

9:19 PM - Feb 21, 2019

Surjewala also said that the prime minister should have held a cabinet committee meet to address national security immediately after the attack.

"Can such a conduct be expected from the prime minister of a country? The prime minister should have been chairing the cabinet committee on security immediately and should have taken action, instead of shooting films," he said, as quoted by Economic Times.

REALITYAlmost all claims made by Congress and its president are false.

1. Modi was not shooting at Corbett at 6:30 pm or three or four hours after the attack.

We reached out to the government for clarification on how Modi’s schedule panned out on February 14.

“Modi did a short shoot for tourism promotion and climate change awareness with Discovery and was heading to Rudrapur for a public meeting. As the news of the attack started trickling in around 4 pm, he was making his way from Corbett to Rudrapur,” government sources told Times Fact Check.

2. The blast time is not 3:10 pm (as claimed by Congress) but 3:33 pm as mentioned in this Economic Times report.

The officials said a post -blast invenstigation conducted by security agencies has found that "high-grade RDX" of about 80 kilogram was detonated in the blast that was carried out by a Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) terrorist after he rammed his explosive laden SUV into the illfated bus--HR 49 F 0637- from the left side

The suicide attack took place at the 272nd milestone on National Highway near Latoomode in Pulwama at about 3:33 PM

Therefore, points one and two make it clear that it took only 25 minutes for Modi to wind up his prior commitments.
It is clear that Congress has got its timeline entirely wrong.

3. The pictures of Modi taking the boat ride were clicked well before the attack. A similar photo was tweeted at 1:52 pm on February 14 by Twitter user Vishwaketu Vaid. As per his bio, he is the legislative assembly social media coordinator for BJP, Nainital.

It is clear that Modi’s boat ride was before the Pulwama terror attack.
4. Modi did not have tea or samosa at 6:45 pm.

As per an India Today report, Modi did not eat anything after the attack. He was occupied speaking to National Security Advisor Ajit Doval, J&K governor and Home Minister Rajnath Singh.

5. Modi could not have chaired a cabinet committee right after the attack as he was not in Delhi, but in Uttarakhand. His itinerary was pre-decided. However, he held several review meetings even while he was in Uttarakhand’s Rampur, said the government sources.

Cutting short his trip, Modi flew back to Delhi from Barielly airport within hours from the news of the terror attack.

“From 4 to 4:45 pm, Modi held constant review calls and meetings to gauge the situation. He was constantly monitoring and reviewing the unfolding situation, which is why the public meeting in Rudrapur (a part of his original itinerary) kept getting delayed. He eventually decided not to go despite a huge crowd gathering there. He had a change of plan and decided to address the gathering on the phone around 5:15 pm for some 5-7 minutes.

After this, he immediately left for Bareilly via road to take a flight back to Delhi from there. A decision was taken to have another review after an hour. So, PM halted at a rest house in Ramnagar and again reviewed the situation and gave the needful orders. After this second review meeting, PM left for Bareilly by road and then took a flight to Delhi at night,” confirmed the government sources.


Times Fact Check has found several accusation made by Congress against PM Modi to be false.
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