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Nitin Gadkari sends legal notices to Kharge, Jairam Ramesh for sharing 'twisted, distorted' interview clip

Nitin Gadkari has sent a legal notice to Congress asking it to remove a distorted clip of his interview shared by its leaders on social media. The Union Minister has also demanded an apology from the Grand Old Party.

Shashwat Bhandari Edited By: Shashwat Bhandari @ShashBhandari New Delhi Published on: March 02, 2024 7:38 IST
Union Minister of Road Transport & Highways Nitin Gadkari
Image Source : PTI Union Minister of Road Transport & Highways Nitin Gadkari at Parliament House complex. (File photo)

Union Minister Nitin Gadkari has slammed the Congress party and sent legal notices to Congress chief Mallikarjun Kharge and General Secretary Jairam Ramesh for allegedly sharing a misleading and defamatory news clip about him on social media platform X saying a sinister act has been committed with the sole intent and ulterior motive to fan and create confusion, sensation and disrepute to the former in the eyes of the public. 

Mallikarjun Kharge and Jairam Ramesh deliberately shared a 19-second video clip of Gadkari's interview, concealing the contextual intent and meaning of his words, Union Minister's lawyer said.

The notice further said that it was also a futile endeavour to create rifts in the solidarity of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which is poised to win the trust of people in the upcoming general election under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

The notice added that Gadkari's interview was twisted, distorted and presented by uploading the video that is bereft and devoid of the contextual meaning.

The same has been done deliberately and consciously with a selected piece of Hindi caption that says, "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)."

It said Kharge and Ramesh, in spite of being aware of the full contents of Gadkari's interview, wherein the efforts of the government were highlighted, deliberately posted the Hindi caption and the video clip by concealing the contextual meaning of the interaction to malign Gadkari's reputation.

"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.

With inputs from PTI

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