Did Mamata Banerjee Ask TMC Workers Not to Say Vande Mataram?
The video is actually from 2006 when TMC workers vandalized the lobby of the West Bengal Legislative Assembly.
A video has gone viral on social media in which Trinamool Congress (TMC) party workers can be seen creating a ruckus, allegedly after Mamta Banerjee asked them not to say Vande Mataram. The message with the video says:
“पश्चिम बंगाल की मुख्यमंत्री ममता बनर्जी ने मीटिंग में अपने मिनिस्टर और विधायक को वंदे मातरम बोलने से मना किया नतीजे में देशभक्त मिनिस्टर विधायक ने मुख्यमंत्री आवास में जो तांडव मचाया वह देखने लायक है मुख्यमंत्री ममता बनर्जी की जो किरकिरी हुई और उसे जान बचाकर अपने कमरे में बंद होना पड़ा.”
(Translation: “West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee forbade her minister and MLA from speaking Vande Mataram in the meeting. The ruckus caused by the patriotic minister in the chief minister’s residence, as a result, is a sight to see. Chief Minister Mamta Banerjee, had to shut to shut herself in her room to save her life.”)
Several users shared the video with the same message on Facebook.
TRUE OR FALSE?
The video has been shared with a false claim. It is actually from 30 November 2006 when workers of the Trinamool Congress (TMC) vandalized the lobby of the West Bengal Legislative Assembly.
WHAT WE FOUND OUT
A reverse image search on Yandex of a screen shot from the video, led us to a YouTube video which dates back to 25 September 2013.
A Google search of keywords “Mamata Banerjee” and “West Bengal Parliament” date before 31 December 2013, led us to the same video dated 18 April, 2011 on YouTube.
Another Google search of the same keywords dated before 30th April 2011 led us to DNA’s report on TMC’s rampage in the Legislative Assembly.
The incident took place on 30 November 2006 when Mamata Banerjee was arrested for violating prohibitory orders on entering Singur. As a protest, Banerjee along with TMC workers barged inside the Assembly premises and started shouting.
She alleged that the administration had acted “unconstitutionally” by not allowing her to enter Singur. Banerjee had earlier raised objections against TATA motors setting up a small car factory there. The TMC workers, in support, started breaking the furniture and destroying Assembly files.
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