Fake Viral

Video of UP Deputy CM Keshav Prasad Maurya saying PM Modi can’t benefit farmers & India is doctored

Written by Md Mahfooz Alam

A video of Deputy Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, Keshav Prasad Maurya, is viral on social media in which he can be heard saying in Hindi: “यह देश जानता है माननीय प्रधानमंत्री  श्री नरेंद्र मोदी के रहते हुआ ना तो कभी किसानों का हित हो सकता है ना ही देश का हित हो सकता है ना देशवासियों का हित हो सकता है।”  (Translation: With Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the helm, neither the farmers can be benefitted, nor country and its citizens can be benefitted. )

However, Facto News found the video is old and is very cleverly edited.

The video was posted on Twitter on 12 January 2022 by Rohan Gupta, Chairman of Congress party social media department. The caption along with the post reads: अब तो दिल की सच्चाई ज़ुबान पर आ ही गई !” (Translation: Now the truth of the heart has come on the tongue!)

Taking a cue from this, we did a keyword search and found a 24-minute long video live-streamed on the Facebook account of the Keshav Prasad Maurya on 3 February 2021. Maurya speaks very passionately in favour of PM Modi, the farm law(which has been withdrawn now) and his political party BJP.

We found the viral video is clipped from this video at 0:59 seconds to 1:25 seconds and the claim of Rameshwar Thakur is true that the word “अहित” was edited to “हित”, thereby completely changing the meaning.

(Source: Facebook/Screenshot)

We also found a news report of News18 published on 5 February 2021 which says that the video of Maurya was edited and FIR will be filed against those behind it.

Conclusion:

With the above findings, it is evident that the viral video was mischievously edited to mislead the public.

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About the author

Md Mahfooz Alam

Mahfooz is a multimedia journalist and regularly writes fact-check stories for Facto News. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism and Mass Communication. He has worked as an intern fact-checker for The Quint. He specializes in research and fact-checking and aspires to do investigative reporting.

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