Tuesday, June 22, 2021
Home News Reports Newslaundry covers Assam elections - sans facts

Newslaundry covers Assam elections – sans facts

Today, the media criticism blog “NewsLaundry”, which has recently received funding from Scroll-backers Omidyar group, posted an article titled ‘Everything you need to know about Assam’s upcoming elections’ on its website. The article starts with how little media attention the upcoming assembly elections in Assam have received from national media, vis-à-vis the coverage of Delhi elections. Which is absolutely true. So it is commendable that NewsLaundry chose to cover the Assam elections.

After a couple of paragraphs about the major issues in the elections, the article goes on to give brief descriptions about major political parties in the fray. And the focus of the article is one specific aspect, that none of the parties have released manifestos for the elections. In face this is also the byline of the article.

Untitled

Of course they mention that BJP has launched a ‘vison document’ in place of a manifesto. Although elections manifestos have lost its importance over the years, and it has turned into just an academic exercise, it is rather strange that no party has published a manifesto; given this one state election will see most intense fight among all the state elections this time. But is it true? Turns out, no.

Indian National Congress has released their 54 page manifesto for Assam elections on 24th March. Main talking point of Congress manifesto is promise of a job to a one person of every family in the state. They also promised several packages for specific groups and areas. And yes, this event was also widely covered by both regional and national media. Yet, Newslaundry has this to say about Congress:

With less than two weeks to go, the Congress has not yet released its manifesto.

Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) too launched its manifesto for assembly elections on 18th March 2016. The major promises made in the AGP manifesto are full implementation of Assam accord, protection of identity of indigenous people, job creation, protection of forests and wildlife, etc. This was covered by both regional and national media. Again, this is what Newslaundry has said on this issue:

Like the Congress, AGP has not bothered to release a manifesto for the upcoming elections.

Looks like someone has not bothered to do a basic fact-check.

  Support Us  

Whether NDTV or 'The Wire', they never have to worry about funds. In name of saving democracy, they get money from various sources. We need your support to fight them. Please contribute whatever you can afford

OpIndia Staffhttps://www.opindia.com
Staff reporter at OpIndia

Related Articles

Trending now

Rana Ayyub tells Harvard University students how to speak ‘truth to power’, after spreading fake news over Ghaziabad fake hate crime

Rana Ayyub interacted with the students of Harvard University over challenges facing journalism and 'speaking truth to power'.

Mamata Banerjee, after promising monthly stipends for women, faces ‘financial shortage’ in keeping her poll promise

West Bengal government might have to cut down on fund allocation to other Departments to keep Lakshmi Bhandar scheme afloat.

Uttar Pradesh: Forced mass religious conversion accused Mohammad Umar Gautam was felicitated by AMU alumni for ‘spreading Islam’

Mohammad Umar Gautam and his associated at the Islamic Dawah Centre(IDC) preyed on vulnerable and poor people, those with listening and speaking disabilities, and converted them to Islam

The MVA report card: Maharashtra government’s handling of the Covid-19 pandemic

10-min read: As the Maha Vikas Aghadi struggles to keep itself afloat, here's a snapshot on the Maharashtra government's handling of the pandemic.

Congress Toolkit team now comes up with a ‘white paper’ on COVID management, here is how it is flawed

Congress has released a white paper cautioning on the third wave of COVID-19, which appears as an extension of the toolkit that was exposed last month

86 lakh vaccinations: Why BJP had the most perfect day yesterday

Rahul Gandhi has done the BJP a favour, as usual when it comes to criticising the recordbreaking number of COVID vaccination.

Recently Popular

How Venkatesh Prasad is winning hearts with his ‘Sanghi’ posts, one tweet at a time

Venkatesh Prasad demonstrated the Surya Namaskar for his followers, performed in deference to the Sun God.

Ravish Kumar appears massively frustrated as India administers 85 lakh COVID vaccines in single day, this is why he does not make sense

Ravish Kumar goes on a ranting spree to hate on PM Modi by camouflaging propaganda as 'criticism' over COVID-19 vaccination

Jharkhand CM Hemant Soren fails to meet Rahul Gandhi and Sonia Gandhi despite 4-days wait: Details

The Dialy Pioneer has cited quoting sources that the JMM chief is not happy over Rahul and Sonia ignoring him and instead meeting TN CM Stalin.

Republic TV issues statement over Arnab Goswami’s disappearance from the news network: Here is what they said

Arnab Goswami was last seen on May 2 during a discussion on West Bengal assembly polls. He will make a return on Monday.

Fact Check: Is “Raam” with the photo of Lord Ram printed on it is the world’s most expensive currency

As Raam is not a legal tender issued by a sovereign state or a central bank, it is not a regular currency, it is actually a bearer bond
- Advertisement -

 

Connect with us

255,564FansLike
555,339FollowersFollow
24,400SubscribersSubscribe