Aaj Tak anchor Sweta Singh had faced widespread backlash for claiming that the new Rs 2,000 notes approved by the Narendra Modi government in 2016 had hidden nano chip. The video of Singh confidently explaining the features of the so-called nano chip to her colleagues had gone viral on social media platforms.
The Youth Congress this week launched an attack on her by using the content of her old video to counter one of her controversial tweets targeting Congress President Rahul Gandhi’s announcement on the Minimum Income Guarantee.
Singh in her tweet had made a veiled attack on Gandhi’s announcement underw aht’s known as NYAY scheme. She had written, “You get a lot of things for free, but the self respect doesn’t come for free. You want employment for the national or doles?”
Reacting to her tweet, the Telangana unit of the Youth Congress wrote, “When people were standing in queues during the biggest scam called domentisation to withdraw their own hard-earned money, many people lost their jobs. That time wasn’t it you Sweta Singh ji, who was searching for nano chip in new notes? Wish you had found that chip. At least our 40 soldiers wouldn’t had been martyred then.”
भारत के सबसेबड़े घोटाले नोटबंदी मे जब जनता अपनी ईमानदारी से कमाये गए पैसों के लिए बैंकों की लाईन मे धक्के खारहे थे
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तब नये नोटों मे चिप ढूंढ़नेवाली आप वही पत्रकार है ना @SwetaSinghAT जी?
— IYC Telangana (@IYCTelangana) March 26, 2019
Singh replied to the tweet by the Youth Congress Telangana and she accepted the ‘insult’ meted out to her by a political party. She, however said that the viral video was fake.
माना आप बहुत बड़ी पार्टी हैं। मेरा अपमान आपका कर्तव्य है। सहर्ष स्वीकार। पर पुलवामा के शहीदों पर ऐसा शर्मनाक वक्तव्य? वो फ़र्ज़ी विडियो वाला चिप अपनी बुद्धि में लगा लीजिए। चुनाव के लिए संस्कार बेच खाएँगे? https://t.co/AJCj6PvgCd
— Sweta Singh (@SwetaSinghAT) March 26, 2019
In 2016, soon after Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the note ban, Singh and Zee News editor Sudhir Chaudhary had come under condemnation for claiming that new Rs 2,000 notes had nano chip which will help Income Tax authorities track the black money even if they were hidden 100 feet below the earth.