Amid the ongoing political crisis in , a screenshot of a tweet, purportedly done by newswire Press Trust of India (PTI), is doing the rounds on social media. The tweet claims that social activist Anna Hazare has called for a hunger strike if Devendra Fadnavis is not made chief minister of Maharashtra.
The tweet reads: “If Devendra Fadnavis not made CM this time, then I will start hunger strike at Saki Naka railway station.” — Anna Hazare.
The above post can be seen here.
NewsMobile fact-checked the above claim, and found it to be false.
On closely observing the screenshot, we noticed that the Twitter handle [@ZackRhea] in question is NOT verified (without blue tick). Whereas PTI’s official Twitter handle is @PTI_News, and has a blue tick.
We further ran a Google search with relevant keywords, but did not find any substantial report of Anna Hazare announcing a hunger strike.
Hence, it can be concluded that the screenshot of the tweet is falsely attributed to PTI and the news about Anna calling for a hunger strike is FAKE.
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