Video Claiming Modi Mocked Indians After Demonetisation is Fake
The video that is going viral on Twitter claims that Prime Minister Narendra Modi mocked people’s suffering after the government announced demonetisation of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 currency notes on 8 November 2016.
Notably, the video started going viral on the second anniversary of demonetisation, after it was tweeted by @KilaFat, an account which claims to be affiliated to the Congress party.
“There’s a wedding at home? There no money,” Modi is heard saying, after which is he laughs scornfully. The audience then applaud the prime minister for the statement.
Watch the viral video here:
Twitter search reveals that the video was shared on 13 November 2016, providing the same context.
Several Twitter handles that claim to be affiliated with the Congress party also shared the video.
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The same video was shared on Facebook, claiming that the prime minister was “mocking the helplessness of the people.” The video posted on 31 August, was shared more than 1,500 times on the platform.
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The original video has been edited in a manner that is misleading.
This is a clipping from Modi’s speech to the Indian community in Japan – as uploaded on the official YouTube channel of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
The video is 31 minutes long, but Modi starts talking about demonetisation in Hindi at around 18th minute. Unlike the edited video, this is the order of statements he makes:
- Suddenly at 8 pm on 8 (November), you come to know that the currency notes of denomination Rs 500 and Rs 1000.
- He gestures with his hands that they have been rendered useless.
- I salute 125 crore residents of the country.
- There is a wedding at home? But no money money. Mother is unwell? Rs 1000 notes bundle is there, but it is difficult to use.
- There were people forcing people to speak ill of me… but I salute the citizens of the country.
Therefore, the video that is presently going viral is en edited version of the original – doctored to spread an agenda.