A video that allegedly shows people chanting anti-Modi slogans as Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adiyanath walk past them at a public event is viral. The post below by one Nitin Kumar gained over one million views. Kumar wrote, “Godi media will not show this news.”


बिकाऊ मीडीया ने ये न्यूज़ नही दिखाया

Posted by Nitin Kumar on Tuesday, 21 December 2021

Samajwadi Party leader Abhishek Yadav Anshul also posted this video.

Posted by Abhishek Yadav Anshul on Wednesday, 22 December 2021

Similarly, Rashtriya Janata Dal leader Santosh Yadav posted this video.

Alt News performed a keyword search on social media monitoring tool CrowdTangle and found that over 200 Facebook accounts shared this video on their pages or in high network groups (view spreadsheet). Instances of high network FB groups include Uttrakhand Congress 2022 (Harda-Pritam एकता) [over lakh followers]; RAHUL GANDHI SOCIAL MEDIA NETWORK [over lakh followers] and KANHAIYA KUMAR IN INDIA AS A NEXT PM [24K followers].

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In the viral video, PM Modi and CM Yogi can be spotted in kurta-pyjama along with a black overcoat and orange robe respectively. Alt News performed a keyword search and found that the viral video is from a conclave held in Varanasi on December 14.

Restricting our results to the same day, we performed another keyword search on YouTube and found the video in question. Unlike in the viral video, people cannot be heard chanting anti-Modi slogans. Instead, they are chanting his name. The video was posted by Rohan Dua, Founder & Executive Editor of The New Indian.

A video of PM Modi and UP CM Yogi Adityanath in Varanasi was thus, superimposed with an audio clip to falsely portray locals chanting anti-Modi slogans.

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