Abhishek Dutt, Vice President of the Delhi Congress, shared a video on August 13. In the video, a man can be seen teaching a woman how to swim in floodwater that has entered their home. Dutt taunted Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal in his caption, writing, “World-class swimming pool, another promise fulfilled?” Please don’t even mention Kejriwal ji’s name.” (archived link to the tweet). The video received over 1 lakh views and close to 900 retweets as of this writing. Following his footsteps was fellow Congress politician Alka Lamba, who retweeted Dutt’s tweet (archived version of the tweet).

Adarsh Shastri, former Congress MLA from Dwarka, also retweeted the video taking a dig at the Delhi government, “A great gift by @ArvindKejriwal government to the people of Delhi. World-class swimming pools all over Delhi @Ch_AnilKumarINC @INCDelhi” (tweet archive link).

A Facebook page called ‘Syed Shafiulla – AIMIM Amberpet’ shared the video with the same claim (archived version of the post).


विश्व स्तरीय स्विमिंग पूल ,एक और वादा पूरा ? कृपया करके केजरीवाल जी का नाम ना लें

Posted by Syed Shafiullah – AIMIM Amberpet on Thursday, 13 August 2020

The video was being circulated on Facebook and Twitter in the same manner.


Upon running a keyword search, we unearthed an Aaj Tak report about this viral video that was published on September 21, 2019. It stated that the video was shot during the September 2019 floods in Prayagraj, Uttar Pradesh. Aaj Tak had shared the video and wrote, “Heavy rains have triggered flood-like situation in Prayagraj. On the one hand, where people are compelled to leave their houses as flood water entered their residence, some couples decided to learn swimming. Watch this cute video of a couple enjoying in floodwater in the boundaries of their homes.”


Another article published on the same date in Rajasthan Patrika also covered the video. It too stated that it was shot in the city of Prayagraj.

On September 22, 2019, news channel India News had broadcast a video report about the couple swimming in floodwater.

Heavy spells of retreating monsoon rains had flooded various parts of Uttar Pradesh in September 2019 which left thousands of people homeless.

An old video clip from Prayagraj was wrongly shared as Delhi. Many users shared the video of a man teaching his wife to swim in their flooded home thinking it was taken recently. A number of senior leaders from the Congress shared the video targetting Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.

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Kinjal Parmar holds a Bachelor of Science in Microbiology. However, her keen interest in journalism, drove her to pursue journalism from the Indian Institute of Mass Communication. At Alt News since 2019, she focuses on authentication of information which includes visual verification, media misreports, examining mis/disinformation across social media. She is the lead video producer at Alt News and manages social media accounts for the organization.