Perils of rumours: Meghalaya BJP mourns the ‘death’ of Vinod Khanna
Shillong, April 10: We are living in a strange time. Aren't we? When social media has taken control over our lives and all are leading a super busy life, there is definitely a shortage of time to verify facts.
Thus often rumours are believed to be true. Recently, the Bharatiya Janata Party unit of Meghalaya believed a hoax and even prayed for the 'demise' of veteran Bollywood actor and politician Vinod Khanna, who is very much alive.
In recent times, a viral picture of a very weak-looking Khanna, wearing the typical garment of a patient in a hospital, is doing the rounds of social media. After the picture went viral, there were rumours that the actor was dead.
However, soon his family members clarified that the 70-year-old actor-politician was undergoing treatment for severe dehydration. He is currently recuperating in the hospital, added family members.
Since Khanna is a BJP's Member of Parliament from the Gurdaspur constituency, thus the Meghalaya unit of the party thought that it was their 'duty' to pay tributes to their leader after believing rumours.
According to reports, Meghalaya branch of the BJP observed a two-minute silence for Khanna on Saturday who they thought had died. After the BJP leaders realised that they have committed a blunder by falling prey to a false report and not verifying facts, immediately issued a clarification to avoid further embarrassment.
They also issued an apology for the same and said the actor is responding well to the treatment.