Fact Check: Fake tweet claims AP minister Botsa Satyanarayana has not paid his electricity bill for over 15 months

A screenshot of a tweet by Telangana State Southern Power Distribution Company Limited (TSSPDCL) replying to NTV Breaking News is circulating on WhatsApp. TSSPDCL allegedly tweeted that the minister has not paid his electricity bill for over 15 months.

By Misha Rajani  Published on  1 May 2022 10:15 AM GMT
Fact Check: Fake tweet claims AP minister Botsa Satyanarayana has not paid his electricity bill for over 15 months

Hyderabad: A screenshot of a tweet by Telangana State Southern Power Distribution Company Limited (TSSPDCL) replying to NTV Breaking News is circulating on WhatsApp. TSSPDCL allegedly tweeted that the minister has not paid his electricity bill for over 15 months.

The tweet by NTV Breaking News quotes Andhra Pradesh municipal minister Botsa Satyanarayana talking about lack of electricity in Hyderabad to which TSSPDCL replies that the minister's residence will be provided with electricity once his 15 months due bill is paid.




FACT CHECK:

NewsMeter checked TSSPDCL's Twitter page but could not find the tweet. The web archives available for the page did not carry such a tweet either.

A statement released by the PRO of TSSPDCL, Sk. N. Shareef, said that TSSPDCL did not mention any information about the minister on its official Twitter handle. That tweet is not true and was never published by TSSPDCL.

The statement read, "The TSSPDCL did not mention any information about the minister on its official Twitter handle (@TsspdclCorporat) via Twitter. That tweet can be considered untrue. Shri G. Raghuma Reddy, Chairman & Managing Director, South Telangana Power Distribution Company, warned that strict action would be taken against those who spread such false information in the name of the company."

This proves that the tweet is false.

Claim Review:TSSPDCL tweeted that AP municipal minister Botsa Satyanarayana has not paid his electricity bill for over 15 months.
Claimed By:WhatsApp Users
Claim Reviewed By:NewsMeter
Claim Source:WhatsApp
Claim Fact Check:False
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