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Manmohan’s comments on electrification increasing the risk of deaths were posted by a parody account.

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A post with an image of Former PM Manmohan Singh and his comments on the electrification of Indian villages is being widely shared on Facebook. Let’s try to analyze the claim made in the post.

The archived version of the post can be found here.

Claim: Manmohan Singh: “By Electrifying every Indian Village, Modi Government has increased the risk of deaths due to electrocution. Villagers have never seen electricity & also don’t know how to use them, if any mishaps happen, who will be responsible?”

Fact: Manmohan Singh did not make those comments. The comments were posted on a parody account ‘Times How’. Hence the claim made in the post is FALSE.

When the image in the post is run through Google Reverse Image Search, it can be found that it was originally posted by the ‘Times How’ Twitter account. It is a parody Twitter account (with the name similar to ‘Times Now’ news channel) which has been suspended now by the Twitter. As the account is deleted, the original tweet cannot be found but the same parody news can be found on its Facebook page. The ‘About’ section of the page describes the posts as “News Delivered Straight from Source. No Manipulation. Satire. Parody.” So, the news posted by this page should not be taken seriously.

Finally, Manmohan’s comments on electrification increasing the risk of deaths were posted by a parody account.

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