Zee News busts Congress lie on Sidhu’s ‘pro-pak’ rally in Al­war

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Al­war: Zee News has proved its stand that pro-pak­istan slo­gans were raised at a rally ad­dressed by Congress leader Navjot Singh Sidhu in Al­war re­cently. Singh was cam­paign­ing for Ra­jasthan As­sem­bly elec­tions and Zee News played a video promi­nently show­ing the chants of ‘Pak­istan Zind­abad’ be­ing raised. The news chan­nel then ques­tioned Sidhu, and his party on their stand on the is­sue.

Congress lead­ers were de­fi­ant and ac­cused Zee News of doc­tor­ing the video and play­ing it. Sidhu even threat­ened to file a defama­tion case against the chan­nel. Congress sup­port­ers launched a cam­paign against Zee News on so­cial me­dia, which was also sup­ported by a few me­dia houses and jour­nal­ists. Congress lead­ers went as far as pos­si­ble to tweet suit­ably edited videos that omit­ted the part where the slo­gans were raised.

The Zee News team got in touch with the com­mon peo­ple and jour­nal­ists present at Sidhu’s Al­war rally and pro­cured seven dif­fer­ent videos of the event. A lo­cal jour­nal­ist even came on cam­era to ex­pose the Congress party and pointed out that ‘Pak­istan Zind­abad’ was in­deed chanted while Sidhu was ad­dress­ing the rally.

Zee News edi­tor-in-chief Sud­hir Chaud­hary also took on Congress leader Ran­deep Sur­je­w­ala for his tweet, where he al­leged that Zee News had played a fake video and the slo­gans were ac­tu­ally ‘Sat Sri Akal’. Sur­je­w­ala had tweeted a video to but­tress his claim, but Chaud­hary es­tab­lished that the video was edited and showed the pro­ceed­ings after the ‘Pak­istan Zind­abad’ was chanted. Turn to P4

Re­lated re­port, P12

Congress leader Navjot Singh Sidhu at the event

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