Journalist Tavleen Singh gets a lesson on fact checking by a Twitter user

Senior journalist Tavleen Singh on Wednesday wondered why would Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath attack Amethi MP Rahul Gandhi when Gorakhpur “looks much, much worse”.

As expected, it started a debate and as expected again, those who disagree with her were immediately referred to as ‘trolls’.

Meanwhile, Twitter user @Nesenag schooled Tavleen by giving point to point comparison between Gorakhpur and Amethi.

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He started with the literacy rate between two constituencies, as literacy rate can be a very basic parameter of development.

Amethi has been a Congress bastion since decades now, with Rajiv Gandhi, Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi collectively represented it in Lok Sabha for over 25 years.

Poverty is yet another barometer for development. This is also fascinating since former Prime Minister and Rahul Gandhi’s grandmother’s 1971 election slogan was ‘Garibi Hatao’ (eradicate poverty). Seems like Amethi still has a lot of catching up to do.

While the data available is not updated, this, too, clearly shows which MP has been trying to keep the promise.

At a time when we are trying to work hard towards making India open defecation free, Amethi again could do with some more attention from their MP.

As per 2015-16 survey, the data shows a much better picture for Gorakhpur over Amethi in terms of availabilities of basic amenities and standard of living.

Now, if only journalists hadn’t outsourced fact checking to readers…


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