A 14-second clip of Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal has been shared on social media. In the video, CM Kejriwal can be heard saying, “If you oppose me you will be crushed and people of Gujarat, you can do whatever you want.”
Surat-based MLA and BJP Yuva Morcha president Harsh Sanghavi tweeted the video and wrote in Hindi, “Kejriwal ji, why such haterade against Gujarat?” Sanghavi 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)
केजरीवाल जी गुजरात से इतनी नफ़रत क्यों pic.twitter.com/WX8F2XQ8Ob
— Harsh Sanghavi (@sanghaviharsh) February 19, 2021
Several users have copy-pasted this text and shared the viral video on Facebook and Twitter.
(Viral Gujarati text: જો ગુજરાતી ના પેટે જન્મ લીધો હોય તો આવા ગુજરાતી અને ગુજરાતી વિરુધ્ધ બોલ નાર ને પાડી દો…)
જો ગુજરાતી ના પેટે જન્મ લીધો હોય તો આવા ગુજરાતી અને ગુજરાતી વિરુધ્ધ બોલ નાર ને પાડી દો…
Posted by Haresh Savaliya on Thursday, 18 February 2021
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.
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.
આવનારી સ્થાનિક સ્વરાજ્યની ચૂંટણીમાં હાર ભાળી ગયેલું અને ભયભીત થયેલા ભાજપ દ્વારા અરવિંદ કેજરીવાલજીના વિડિઓને એડિટ કરી લોકોને ગેરમાર્ગે દોરવાનું કામ ચાલુ કર્યું છે.
જુઓ આ વિડિઓ એટલે સત્ય સામે આવી જશે
બાકી આ વખતે પરિવર્તન નક્કી છે pic.twitter.com/LGFcV8jPT4
— AAP Gujarat (@AAPGujarat) February 19, 2021
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 said that he would continue to call the shots in Gujarat. He was referring to home minister Amit Shah.