Portal that carried sensational news on Ram Madhav disappears from web after strong rebuttal from BJP

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Congress leaders on Sunday sought to corner the BJP leader and former RSS functionary, Ram Madhav, alleging that he was recently caught ‘red handed’ with women in Nagaland.

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Leading the charge was Sushmita Dev, head of the women’s wing of the Congress party. Tagging the former Congress leader and now a BJP minister in Assam government, Himanta Biswa Sarma, she asked on Twitter, “@rammadhavbjp caught red handed in Nagaland. Is this true @himantabiswa ?? (sic)”

Dev was sharing a link to a website (now taken off from the web), which claimed that the senior BJP functionary and in-charge of the party’s north-east affairs, was allegedly caught with two Naga women in a hotel. The website’s report claimed that the ‘NSCN literally caught Ram Madhav with his pants down in Nagaland; has threatened to make video public if Nagaland elections not cancelled.’

The same link was widely shared by other Congress leaders and social media users.

Madhav is yet to comment on the allegations, that surfaced just two days after he briefed media in Tripura on his party’s prospects in the coming assembly elections. The BJP’s Nagaland unit has reportedly termed the report ‘fictitious.’ A report by IANS quoted the Nagaland unit of the party as saying that the news by The News Joint ‘seems to be a fake news agency or channel “devoid of any truth and written with malicious intent.”‘

“Such spreading of false news is tantamount to not only character assassination but also poses grave risk of sparking off communal tension,” the statement was further quoted by IANS.

Sarma too condemned the ‘falsehood’ being spread by the website.

Interestingly, only last week, Congress President Rahul Gandhi had targetted Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his claims of signing the Naga peace accord involving NSCN in 2015. He had tweeted, “August 2015, Mr Modi claims to create history by signing the NAGA accord. Feb 2018, Naga Accord is still nowhere to be found. Modi ji is the first ever Indian PM whose words don’t mean anything.”

(The website thenewsjoint.com has disappeared from the web now with GoDaddy offering the domain for sale. Tweets included in this report by some Congress functionaries too have now been deleted.)

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