A post with a newspaper article link is being shared on Facebook by many users claiming that Harish Rao, a TRS MLA, is going to join BJP. Let’s try to analyze the claim made in the post.
The archived version of the post can be found here.
Claim: TRS MLA Harish Rao set to join BJP.
Fact: At the end of the newspaper article, it is written that readers are advised to remember this is April Fool’s Day. Also, Harish Rao countered the claim by terming it as ‘fake news’ on his Twitter account. So, the claim made in the post is FALSE.
When the link given in the post is clicked, the whole article can be read. At the end of the article, a line can be found saying “While that is so, readers are advised to remember this is April Fool’s Day.” So, it is just an April Fool prank and should not be taken seriously.
Harish Rao reacted to this news by tweeting through his official Twitter account. He termed the article as ‘fake news’ and also, asked the outlet which published this article to issue an apology.
Finally, TRS MLA Harish Rao is not joining BJP. It’s just an April Fool prank.