On October 14, BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra tweeted a 1:40-minute-long video containing two clips. The first features Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Singh Baghel and other Congress leaders. Islamic prayers can be heard playing in the background. In the second clip, a man tells a reporter, “The same Congress party which claims to be the well-wisher of Hindu Brahmins is now broadcasting the Azan during its rally. Will it really protect Brahmins? The party which is not protecting Hindus and instead playing Azan during its event?’ (Archive link)
So Priyanka Vadra and Congress ..did this in their Varanasi Rally on 14 Oct to appease … pic.twitter.com/2Mz83sh0Ur
— Sambit Patra (@sambitswaraj) October 14, 2021
He also posted the video on Facebook.
Amit Malviya shared the video with a provocatively worded message stating that Congress played Azan in “the holiest of Hindu cities” Kashi and termed alleged act “sacrilege”.
The Congress is upset that the video of them playing Aazan in the rally held on 10Oct in Kashi, the holiest of Hindu cities, has gone viral on social media. Appeasement ploy gone awry. Doing this in Kashi is sacrilege.
People in UP are asking if Congress is the new Muslim League? pic.twitter.com/OrHkT2Qo1P
— Amit Malviya (@amitmalviya) October 14, 2021
Several pro-BJP Twitter users have shared the video.
That was played from stage?
— Apsara 🇮🇳 (@Indigen_Apsara) October 12, 2021
The YouTube channel of the Indian National Congress had uploaded this video from the Kisan Nyay Rally held in Varanasi on October 10. The video starts with the speaker stating that Hindu, Christian, Sikh and Muslim prayers will be performed before the address begins. The rally starts with Hindu prayers.
The speaker can be heard saying, “The Congress party has always believed all religions are equal, so first of all, I request our fellow Hindus to chant with us… Please arrange mics for them… After our Hindu brothers, we will have our Muslim brothers recite their prayers, then our Sikh brothers, and then we will welcome our Christian brothers. Let’s start from there.” There is an audio lag between 1:45 and 5:04 minutes when the Hindu prayers are recited.
The audio can again be heard from the 5:10 mark onwards when Muslim leaders are requested to recite their chants. At the 8:33 mark, Sikh religious leaders are asked to recite their prayers. Following this, Congress leaders Rajeshwar Patel and Raghvendra Chaubey bestow Priyanka Gandhi with gifts as per local tradition.
Priyanka Gandhi also began her address with a Sanskrit verse.
We traced the second clip, of a man’s bite to the reporter, from a YouTube channel named The Rajdharma. The channel had interacted with attendees of the Congress rally. The viral portion appears at the 1:20 mark.
BJP leaders Sambit Patra and Amit Malviya shared a clipped video of Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi’s Kisan Nyay Rally at Varanasi on October 10. The part where Islamic prayers were chanted was cherry-picked to show the party “appeasing” to Muslims. However, the rally began with prayers by Hindu religious leaders, followed by Muslim and Sikh religious leaders.
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