BBC Hindi on Thursday released the uncut video of its interview with Union Minister VK Singh after the latter denied calling Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Aidtyanath a ‘traitor’ for calling the Indian armed forces ‘Modi’s army.’
Singh, himself a former army chief, had told a BBC Hindi reporter that those referring to the Indian army as ‘Modi’s army’ were ‘not only wrong but also traitors.’ He had said, ” If anyone says that the Indian army is the personal army of Modi ji, then not only is he wrong but he is also a traitor. The Indian army belongs to India and it’s not owned by any political party. The Indian army is capable of remaining apolitical.”
However, soon after the video of Singh calling Adityanath a ‘traitor’ went viral, the union minister took to Twitter to slam the BBC and call the journalist, who interviewed him, a ‘presstitute.’ He wrote, “BBC Hindi has done exactly what I had used the word presstitute for. What I said (during my interview), I have it as record with me. It seems the reporter was sleeping or he deliberately indulged in cut and paste job to attribute a wrong statement to me. Well done Jugal, how much money did you get?”
@BBCHindi ने वही किया जिसके लिये मैंने presstitute शब्द दिया था । मैंने जो कहा वह मेरे पास रिकार्ड है । लगता है रिपोर्टर सो रहा था या उसने जान बूझ कर कट पेस्ट कर ग़लत बयान बनाया । वाल डन जुगल – कितना पैसा मिला ??
— Chowkidar Vijay Kumar Singh (@Gen_VKSingh) April 4, 2019
BBC Hindi quickly responded to Singh’s attack and posted what it claimed was an uncut video of the interview. It wrote on Twitter, “After giving an interview to BBC Hindi, Gen VK Singh has tweeted calling BBC Hindi ‘presstitute’ and accused us of distorting facts. He’s also accused the reporter of accepting money. In this uncut video, you can see for yourself what General Singh said in the interview.”
बीबीसी हिंदी को इंटरव्यू देने के बाद @Gen_VKSingh ने उस इंटरव्यू की रिपोर्टिंग पर एक ट्वीट करके @BBCHindi को ‘प्रेस्टीट्यूट’ कहने के साथ ही बयान तोड़-मरोड़कर पेश करने और पत्रकार पर ‘पैसे लेने का आरोप लगाया’. यहाँ आप इस अनकट वीडियो में ख़ुद देखिए कि जनरल वीके सिंह ने क्या कहा था pic.twitter.com/PGOWCyn7dW
— BBC News Hindi (@BBCHindi) April 4, 2019
The Election Commission of India has issued a notice to Adityanath for his comments, calling the India army as ‘Modi ji ki sena (Modi’s army).’ Adityanath had made these controversial comments while addressing a rally in Ghaziabad, Gen VK Singh’s constituency, on 1 April.