A video of Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal has been shared on social media where he can be heard saying, “If you oppose me you will be crushed and people of Gujarat, you can do whatever you want.” The clip has been shared against AAP’s decision to contest the Gujarat Assembly polls next year. He’s been portrayed as threatening the people of Gujarat.

The video has also been shared on Facebook.

It was earlier shared by Surat-based MLA and BJP Yuva Morcha president Harsh Sanghavi. He wrote in Hindi, “Kejriwal ji, why such haterade against Gujarat?” Sanghavi had also posted the same video on his Facebook account. Cumulatively, his posts gained over 70,000 views.

(Hindi text: केजरीवाल जी गुजरात से इतनी नफ़रत क्यों)

Several users have copy-pasted this text and shared the viral video on Facebook and Twitter.

Similarly, the video has been shared along with Gujarati text by Facebook users Haresh Savaliya and Suresh Italiya. Their videos gained over one lakh views.

(Viral Gujarati text: જો ગુજરાતી ના પેટે જન્મ લીધો હોય તો આવા ગુજરાતી અને ગુજરાતી વિરુધ્ધ બોલ નાર ને પાડી દો…)

Clipped video of CM Kejriwal

A keyword search on Google revealed that the viral video dates back five years. The complete speech is 30 minutes long and was given in Surat in 2016.

The video was also uploaded by Aam Aadmi Party’s official YouTube channel. The 14-second viral video has been clipped from the 14:50 mark.

Listening from the 14:03 mark, one can understand the context behind the clipped video. CM Kejriwal said, “Friends, today we know who is calling the shots in Gujarat. Who is calling the shots in Gujarat? It’s Amit Shah. For the past few years, Amit Shah has been calling the shots. During Anandiben Patel’s time [as chief minister], they had a difference of opinion on certain issues. So, Vijay Rupani was introduced, who is basically Amit Shah’s stooge. Vijay Rupani does as told by Amit Shah. So, it is a warning to the entire state from Amit Shah… a challenge of sorts that I will continue to call the shots in Gujarat. If you oppose me you will be crushed and people of Gujarat, you can do whatever you want.

AAP also refuted the social media claim on Twitter.

In 2016, The Hindu reported, CM Kejriwal announced that AAP was set to contest in Assembly polls in 2017 in a 30-minute speech in Surat. As per the Election Commission data, AAP contested for 29 seats and won none. (view pdf)

Thus, a clipped video of Delhi CM Kejriwal’s speech in Surat in 2016 was shared on social media. The video suggests that Kejriwal was threatening the people of Gujarat but he was making a reference to home minister Amit Shah.

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