Amit Shah asks people to boycott Aaj Tak before Delhi elections? Old video viral

A video of Amit Shah addressing the media is viral with the claim that the Home Minister asked the people of Delhi to not watch Aaj Tak because it supports the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP). In the video, Shah can be heard saying, “Aaj Tak has undertaken the agenda that AAP should win. Delhi’s people are with BJP. Aaj Tak channel wants AAP to win at any costs which is why Delhi’s voters should not trust any reports by Aaj Tak, don’t believe them…This is a straightforward allegation and I say inside the press conference that Aaj Tak’s agenda is to launch AAP and there is no greater example of yellow journalism.”

[Translated from: “आज तक ने एजेंडा हाथ में लिया है AAP पार्टी को जितने का। दिल्ली की जनता BJP के साथ है। आज तक चैनल का एजेंडा है कि AAP पार्टी को कुछ भी करके जितनाना है। इसलिए आज तक के किसी भी समाचार पर दिल्ली की मतदाता भरोसा न करे, उसको माने ना। … जी सीधा आरोप है और मैं प्रेस वार्ता के अंदर कहता हूँ कि आज तक चैनल का एजेंडा है AAP पार्टी को लांच करने का। और इससे बड़ा येल्लो जर्नलिज़्म का कोई एक्साम्पल नहीं हो सकता।”]

Twitter handle @RealHistoryPic tweeted the clip on January 25.

The handle had reshared the video posted by @Dilsedesh.

Another handle @br_sharma_ also tweeted the same video.

The clip has also been shared by a few Facebook users.

Genuine speech, old video

Alt News performed an advanced search on Twitter with a combination of keywords and found several tweets sharing the video link.

Here is an old tweet by Akhilesh Mishra, CEO of BlueKraft Digital Foundation.

[Also read: Bluekraft, propaganda pages and BJP link]

A further search led us to the complete video uploaded by BJP’s YouTube channel on January 23, 2015, with the title, “We will free Bihar from ‘Jungle Raj’: Shri Amit Shah: 24.01.2015.” The viral portion can be heard from 21:10 minutes.

Bihar legislative elections were held during October-November in 2015. Shah’s conference in Patna was to “appraise the media of the work done by the government since it came to power.”

A five-year-old video of Amit Shah accusing Aaj Tak of ‘Yellow journalism’ and asking voters to not believe the channel’s polls has been revived before the upcoming Delhi elections scheduled to be held on February 8, 2020.

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