A 0.8-second video of Home Minister Amit Shah from an election rally is widely circulated on social media platforms with the claim that the crowd raised ‘Zindabad’ slogans for the Congress Party.
Facto News found that the video is not altered in any way; however, the claim being made is misleading.
The official Twitter handle of the Chhattisgarh Congress tweeted the video on 13 February with the misleading claim. The caption along with the video reads: “छोटू बोला “कांग्रेस पार्टी” जनता बोली “जिंदाबाद” 😅😅”
(Translation: Chotu said “Congress party” Public shouted back “Zindabad”)
At the time of writing this fact-check, the video was viewed over 99 thousand times.
The video with the claim is being widely shared on Facebook also. The posts can be accessed here.
We carefully listened to the viral video, Amit Shah can be heard saying in Hindi: ‘काँग्रेस पार्टी ….काँग्रेस पार्टी कभी देव’ ‘(Congress party…Congress Party Kabhi dev). The video abruptly ends with the word ‘देव‘ (Dev). Uttarakhand is also called Devbhoomi and the state went to polls on 14 February for 70 Assembly seats.
This gave us the cue, that the video might be from an election rally in Uttarakhand. We searched the YouTube channel of the BJP and found a live-streamed video of 12 February with the title that reads: ‘Amit Shah addresses public meeting in Raipur, Uttarakhand.’
The viral video is clipped from this video at 11:24 – 11:31 minutes. During this duration of six-second, Amit Shah can be heard saying: “But friends, this Congress Party (crowd cheers him by shouting Murdabad) can never develop the Devbhoomi.” Therefore, the word Murdabad has been misled as Zindabad.
During the speech, Shah appealed to the public to vote for BJP. He attacked the Gandhi family and took the dig at Harish Rawat, saying the Congress party is not able to decide the role of former Chief Minister of the state.
Therefore, it is evident that the crowd did not raise the pro-Congress slogan in Amit Shah’s rally.