Fact Check: Did MK Stalin say this country needs Chandrababu Naidu's leadership?

A news card is widely being shared on social media claiming that Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Stalin has said ‘this country needs Chandrababu Naidu’s leadership’.

By Tejal Sinha  Published on  21 Feb 2022 4:50 AM GMT
Fact Check: Did MK Stalin say this country needs Chandrababu Naidus leadership?

Hyderabad: A news card is widely being shared on social media claiming that Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Stalin has said 'this country needs Chandrababu Naidu's leadership'.


"This country needs Chandrababu's leadership. Constitutional rights such as federalism and social justice are under attack. A platform is needed nationally to protect them -Stalin Tamil Nadu CM," reads the text on the viral news card.

The post is widely being shared on Facebook. (https://rb.gy/srejej)

Fact Check

The claim is False.

NewsMeter began its investigation by performing a keyword search. However, we did not find any recent reports related to the claim being made through the viral news card. The mainstream media would have reported the matter if Stalin would have made any such comments. But we did not find any such article.

We found a few reports where Stalin had addressed Chandrababu at a DMK meeting in March 2018. We found a video news report aired on the YouTube channel of ETV Andhra Pradesh. According to the description of the video, "MK Stalin Praises Chandrababu over Fight Against Centre for State Rights."


Taking a cue from this, we performed another keyword search which led us to a report by the Times of India on March 17, 2018. The report was titled "'Welcome growing support for the Dravidian land concept".

"Stalin earlier praised Andhra chief minister Chandrababu Naidu for walking out of the BJP alliance while hitting out at chief minister Edappadi K Palaniswami and his deputy OPS for not displaying similar commitment for the welfare of Tamil Nadu by putting pressure on the Centre. 'It is saddening that EPS and OPS do not have a similar concern for the state even after watching the manner in which Chandrababu Naidu is fighting for the rights of his state,' Stalin said," the report said.

Hence, it is evident that the claim is False. No such statement was given by Tamil Nadu chief minister MK Stalin.

Claim Review:Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Stalin said ‘This country needs Chandrababu's leadership’
Claimed By:Social Media Users
Claim Reviewed By:Newsmeter
Claim Source:Social Media
Claim Fact Check:False
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