Mamata Banerjee’s speech clipped to portray her as religiously biased towards Muslims

“Time for #JehadiMamta to move to Saudi Arabia or Pakistan,” tweeted Madhu Kishwar on May 19 while posting a video of West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee chanting Islamic verse.s The video had nearly 53,000 views at the time of writing this article.

In the 12-second clip, Banerjee can be heard saying in Bengali, “We pray to Allah that he keeps everyone well,” followed by the Islamic verse, “La illaha illallah, Mohammed ur Rasul Allah.” The clip was also shared by other individual users, including one Chowkidar Kaushik (@kush07) who is followed by Railway Minister Piyush Goyal and RBI Director S Gururmurthy.

The video is also circulating on Facebook.

Jehadi Mamata time to shift to Saudi or Pakistan 🤔

Posted by Sheel Johri on Sunday, 19 May 2019

Clipped video

While Mamata Banerjee did chant Islamic verses, the video tweeted by Kishwar was clipped out of a much longer broadcast where the West Bengal CM can also be heard reciting Hindu and Sikh prayers. Banerjee’s original speech was uploaded by AITC in January 2018 where the CM was inaugurating the Mati Utsav to mark the growth of the agricultural sector in the state.

At 21:28 minutes, she prays to Durga to bring prosperity in everybody’s lives and goes on to chant, “Sarva Mangala Mangalye Shive Sarvartha Sadhike Sharanye Tryambake Gauri Narayani Namostute…” This is followed by the Islamic prayer (22:00 minutes) that could also be heard in the clipped video posted by Kishwar. At 21:15 minutes, she says, “May God bless all,” which is followed by the Sikh chants of ” Wahe Guru Ji Da Khalsa, Wahe Guru Di Fateh.” At the end, she can also be heard saying, “Saare jahan se acha Hindustan humara.” The video was earlier debunked by Boomlive in February this year.

Kishwar tweeted a clipped video of Mamata Banerjee to portray her as a “Muslim sympathiser”. She has, in fact, been found circulating misinformation several times in the past, including manufacturing a page in DMK manifesto to show the party favouring Muslims over Hindus. Kishwar was also pulled by the J&K police last year for sharing fake news.

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