BJP Delhi spokesperson Ajay Sherawat recently shared a video claiming that ‘Pakistan Zindabad’ slogans were raised during a campaign rally of SP-RLD alliance candidate Neeraj Chaudhary. Zee News journalist Sonu Sharma quote-tweeted Sherawat’s post, expressing his concern at the incident if it indeed occurred. BJP spokesperson Navin Kumar Jindal also shared the video with the same claim.
— Ajay Sehrawat (@IamAjaySehrawat) February 3, 2022
समाजवादी पार्टी और आरएलडी के गठबंधन के प्रत्याशी नीरज चौधरी की जनसंपर्क यात्रा में पाकिस्तान जिंदाबाद के नारे लग रहे हैं।
बस इन्हीं गद्दारों का खात्मा करना है उत्तर प्रदेश की जनता को। pic.twitter.com/2J6uKp2IQO
— Naveen Kumar Jindal 🇮🇳 (@naveenjindalbjp) February 3, 2022
Sudarshan News wrote, “SP-RLD alliance on anti-national path after opposition by Hindus. Pro-pakistan sloganeering by supporters in Bijnor.” (archived link)
— Sudarshan News (@SudarshanNewsTV) February 3, 2022
Many prominent media organisations also reported the alleged news and claimed that 25 unidentified supporters were booked by the police. The title of a report by Asianet News also claimed that ‘Pakistan Zindabad’ was chanted although the same report also carries a statement by Neeraj Chaudhary where he has clarified that the slogan which was chanted was ‘Aaqif Bhai Zindabad’.
Bijnor police registered an FIR in the case and claimed that “objectionable” slogans were raised in the presence of SP-RLD alliance candidate Neeraj Chaudhary.
— Bijnor Police (@bijnorpolice) February 3, 2022
RLD candidate Neeraj Chaudhary issued a statement saying this was a conspiracy to defame him. He told the media to listen to the viral clip carefully to confirm that his supporters were chanting ‘Aqif Bhai Zindabad’. In fact, Aqif bhai can also be seen in this video. Chaudhary stated, “Aqif (mispronounced ‘Aqib’) Ansari is a member of Mohalla Julahan. The organisation held a rally where supporters gathered in large numbers. Upon seeing us, the people started chanting, ‘Neeraj Chaudhary Zindabad’, ‘Jayant Chaudhary Zindabad’, and ‘Aqif Bhai Zindabad’. The slogan of ‘Aqif Bhai Zindabad’ has gone viral with this claim that the chant was ‘Pakistan Zindabad’. Even more surprising is that an FIR has also been registered against us based purely on the clip.”
RLD प्रत्याशी नीरज चौधरी ने विपक्ष पर लगाए गंभीर आरोप, कहा- बदनाम करने के लिए फेक वीडियो किया वायरल pic.twitter.com/WMQXiGIIzq
— Newstrack Uttar Pradesh (@NewstrackUP) February 3, 2022
Local news portal Bijnor Express also reported the same. Alt News can also confirm after listening to the claim that ‘Aqif Bhai Zindabad’ was chanted at the rally.
Alt News spoke to Aqif Ansari who said, “I came to know that this video was circulated and made viral by the opposition. There was an RLD election rally in which a huge crowd had gathered. The slogans raised were ‘Jayant Chaudhary Zindabad’ and ‘Neeraj Chaudhary Zindabad’. People also raised slogans in my name, ‘Aqif Bhai Zindabad’. The same video was shared by the IT cell with a false claim about pro-Pakistan sloganeering. All this was done to influence the election.”
RLD chief Jayant Chaudhary tweeted on the matter, saying that ‘Aqif Bhai Zindabad’ was being misinterpreted as ‘Pakistan Zindabad’.
हमारे बिजनोर के प्रत्याशी, चौधरी नीरज एक डॉक्टर हैं, नेक इंसान हैं। उन्हें ये मूर्ख, video डॉक्टर कर के देश द्रोही साबित करने में लग रहे हैं!
— Jayant Singh (@jayantrld) February 3, 2022
Alt News has observed that supporters of the BJP often portray members of opposition as pro-Pakistan. We have debunked several such claims where names of leaders have been misrepresented as ‘Pakistan Zindabad’.
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