Sharing a purported ABP News report, Aam Aadmi Party leader and Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal recently tweeted, “Watch this video to feel the pulse of Gujarat”. In the video, it is being claimed that with the elections knocking at the door, the Congress is not active in Gujarat. Neither the party has held any rally nor has it been able to challenge the BJP on social media, it adds. Since the Congress has already given up, the Gujarat election is going to be a fight between the AAP and the BJP, the video claims.

Kejriwal later deleted the tweet though the archive of deleted tweets can be found on the Microsoft Bing and Yahoo search results, which also contains its timestamp.

Here is the screen recording recording of Arvind Kejriwal’s tweet. Aam Aadmi Party social media team member Kapil replied to this tweet.

Saroj Vavaliya, secretary of the women’s wing of the Aam Aadmi Party, Surat, also tweeted the video.

Adil Ahmed Khan, chairman of the APMC, Delhi government, embedded the exact, same video tweeted by Kejriwal. The video, however, is no longer available since the original tweet by Kejriwal was deleted.


AAP Express, a pro-Aam Aadmi Party account, tweeted the same video with the same claim.

Supporters of the Aam Aadmi Party shared the video on Facebook and Twitter widely.

Fact-check

Alt News observed that the video shared by Arvind Kejriwal and AAP supporters had a cut at 22 seconds. To verify further, we did a keyword search on YouTube. We found the programme uploaded by ABP News on YouTube on October 16, 2022. It is clear from the full video that there indeed has been a cut after 22 seconds in the viral video.

In the original video, news anchor Shirin rhetorically asks, “Has Kejriwal got clues from the IB report? Is there any such report at all?” Subsequently, the anchor talks about a ground report by correspondent Abhishek Upadhyay. It is at this point that the voice over has been manipulated in the viral video.

In the original video, ABP news shows the visuals of the report at 33 seconds. The original voice-over questions Kejriwal over IB reports, while the manipulated viral video claims that Kejriwal sidelined the Congress and spoke of how the battle in the elections in Gujarat is primarily between the BJP and the Aam Aadmi Party.

The ticker also has been manipulated in the viral video In the viral video after the 33-second mark. The original ticker can be translated as, “The Gujarat pamphlet, a raving discussion of the intelligence survey. AAP’s claim about Gujarat elections”. The ticker of the video shared by Arvind Kejriwal claims that the Aam Aadmi Party will form the government in Gujarat and the Congress is described as inactive. This means the the video shared by Arvind Kejriwal and Aam Aadmi supporters was manipulated.

Below, upon a comparison of the visuals, the change made to the ticker can be clearly discerned.

Below is a comparison between the viral clip and the original video report of ABP News.

Journalist Anshul Singh of the Lallantop also pointed out in his tweet that the video shared by Arvind Kejriwal was manipulated.

To sum up, several Aam Aadmi Party leaders and supporters, including Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal, shared an edited ABP News report with a misleading claim.
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Abhishek is a journalist at Alt News.