New Delhi (Vishvas News): An 18-second video of Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal is going viral on social media. The caption of the post reads, “He knows everything but does nothing. Here, sir is mentioning the benefits of all three farm bills.”
In the clip, CM Kejriwal can be heard saying, “Your land, MSP, and mandis won’t be taken away. The farmer can now sell his crop anywhere in the country. Now, the farmer will get good prices, he can sell anywhere outside the mandi. Mr. Dilip, it would be the biggest revolutionary step in the field of agriculture in the last 70 years.”
Vishvas News investigated and found that the video is edited. Overall, the viral post is fake.
A post shared on Facebook by a page named Delhi Rejects AAP shows an 18-second video of Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal saying: “Your land, MSP, and mandis won’t be taken away. The farmer can now sell his crop anywhere in the country. Now, the farmer will get good prices, he can sell anywhere outside the mandi. Mr. Dilip, it would be the biggest revolutionary step in the field of agriculture in the last 70 years.” The caption of the post reads, “He knows everything but does nothing. Here, sir is mentioning the benefits of all three farm bills.”
The archived version of the post can be read here.
Vishvas News started its investigation using the InVid tool. We extracted the screenshots of the video and performed Google reverse image search of the screengrabs.
We found a full-length video uploaded by Zee Punjab Haryana Himachal on its Youtube channel on January 15, 2021. In the video, Delhi CM was being interviewed by the channel’s editor Dilip Tiwari and his colleague Jagdeep Sandhu.
Several cropped clips of video were used to make an edited 18-second clip from the recent Arvind Kejriwal interview and it was potrayed that the CM was speaking in support of the farm laws.
In the interview, Delhi CM explains with the help of examples made by Union ministers as well as the central government supporting the farm bills. The video clip that has gone viral shows this part.
In the same interview, Kejriwal counters the arguments made in favour of the bills. This portion has been edited out in the video. In the original, from the 6 minutes timestamp, the CM can be heard saying, “The central government and BJP has put out all their big leaders on the ground to make people understand that the bill is pro-farmers. I have heard all the speeches, what do they say in their speech.” Soon after this part, the CM can be heard saying: “With the bill your land won’t go away, there is no advantage that was there only, your MSP won’t go.” This has been included in the viral clip. However, the following part in which he criticizes has been removed while editing. He further said: “there is no advantage that was there only, your Mandi (market) won’t go away there is no advantage that was there only, what is the advantage their leaders can’t explain only.”
At the end of the viral clip, Kejriwal can be heard saying that it would be a revolutionary step in the agricultural sector. Here, the CM was referring to farmers demands on bringing an MSP law based on recommendations by the Swaminathan Commission.
As seen in the original interview, at 9.48 minutes, Kejriwal can be heard supporting the farmers’ protest. He said: “I have hope from this farmers’ protests, Firstly these three farmers bills should be taken back. And second, they are demanding for a law for a guarantee of MSP should be brought. According to MSP Swaminathan Commission, MSP should be calculated by adding 50% of the cost according to the 50% profit. If it comes. Dilip ji, this will be the biggest revolutionary step in agriculture within 70 years.” However, this part was cropped and the statement was presented in a misleading manner.
Many users shared the edited video on social media. The edited clip was also shared by BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra on Twitter. His tweet was labeled as manipulated by Twitter.
Vishvas News contacted the political editor of Dainik Jagran VK Shukla. According to his conversation with the spokesperson of AAP, Saurabh Bharadwaj the viral video is edited and fake.
The post is shared on Facebook by a Facebook page Delhi Rejects AAP. When we scanned the profile of the page we found that the page has 79 followers.
Conclusion: The viral video portraying Arvind Kejriwal supporting farm bills Is edited.
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