A video of Defence Minister Rajnath Singh addressing an audience is doing rounds on social media claiming that he is speaking during the ongoing farmers’ protest with hashtags ‘#BharatBandh’ and ‘#WeSupport8DecBharatBand’.
The Facebook caption read, “राजनाथ सिंह की ये वीडियो नरेंद्र मोदी और भाजपा पर भारी पड़ने वाली है! #BharatBandh #WeSupport8DecBharatBand”
(Translation: “This video of Rajnath Singh is going to be overshadowed by Narendra Modi and BJP! #BharatBandh # WeSupport8DecBharatBand”)
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NewsMobile fact-checked the above post and found it to be old, false and misleading.
We got our first clue when we saw that no one was wearing a mask in the video.
With the help of keywords search, we found a picture of Union Minister Rajnath Singh addressing farmers in the same attire on Facebook dated March 20, 2013, claiming that Rajnath Singh is addressing a farmers’ gathering at Jantar Mantar, New Delhi.
On comparing the viral video and the 2013 picture of Rajnath Singh, we found that he is wearing the same attire.
On digging further, we also found a full-length video link of Rajnath Singh’s speech on Facebook dated March 26, 2013.
The full-length video of Rajnath Singh addressing farmers’ gathering can be seen here.
Hence, wit the help of the above information, it is clear that 2013 video of Rajnath Singh addressing a farmers’ gathering is falsely shared as a recent one. Don’t fall for false and misleading claims.
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