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Did Arvind Kejriwal Say ‘We Are Ready To Support Congress’?

Did Arvind Kejriwal Say ‘We Are Ready To Support Congress’?

Contrary to what ShankhNaad’s post claims, Arvind Kejriwal said Congress would not win a single seat in Delhi.

A video claiming Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) was willing to support the Indian National Congress (Congress), is misleading.

A line from Kejriwal’s speech at a gathering in the capital last week, has been culled and shared without context.

The video was posted by rabble rousing Facebook page Shankh Naad on Sunday. BOOM has called out the handle several times in the past for sharing misinformation. (Read about it herehere and here )

The text of the post mocked the Delhi chief minister calling him
‘Acharya Arvind Kejriwal’ and said, “He started his journey with fight against corruption & against most corrupt party Congress. But in the end, he is ready to sit in their lap. Poor Anna Hazare got fooled. “

The post also claimed Arvind Kejriwal said, “We are ready to support Congress where they have chances to win.”

FACT CHECK

The video clip has been culled from a speech made by Kejriwal at a gathering of Imams of mosques in Delhi on January 23, 2019. The event was hosted by the Delhi Waqf Board.

Contrary to what the post claims, Kejriwal said he did not expect Congress to win a single seat in Delhi and warned against the division of votes in the upcoming Lok Sabha polls.

Kejriwal’s speech was accurately reported by the Press Trust of India on Wednesday in its story – ‘Congress Can’t Win A Single Seat In Delhi, Says Arvind Kejriwal’.

Screenshot of PTI’s story

Below is an excerpt from PTI’s story. Read PTI’s story here.

“Mr Kejriwal said, “If I felt the Congress could win, the AAP would give them all the seven seats (in Delhi) and leave the contest in their favour. The Congress cannot win even a single seat in Delhi.”

BOOM was also able to find another video on YouTube of the same speech taken from a different angle. It was uploaded online on the same day the event took place.

Watch the below video from 3 minutes and 11 seconds. Arvind Kejriwal explains the electoral math stating in 2014 Lok Sabha polls the Bharatiya Janata Party got 46% votes, while AAP got 33% votes and Congress 15% votes in Delhi.

All the pre election surveys are claiming BJP will lose 10% votes, Kejriwal says. And even if these 10% votes go to Congress, BJP will still win seven seats in Delhi but if these seats go to AAP then AAP will win all seven seats, he explains.

The part about giving Congress seven seats to contest comes at 5 minutes and 20 seconds in the video.

Kejriwal says, “I am willing to go to any extent to defeat Modi and Amit Shah. If I felt that Congress can win seven seats, we would give them seven seats (and tell them) you fight, we will not be contesting. But Congress cannot win, it cannot win a single seat in Delhi.”

“Mein kisi bhi had tak tayyar hoon jaane ke liye Modi aur Amit Shah ko harane ke liye.Aaj agar mere ko yeh lagta na ki Congress jeet jayegi saatho seate hum Congress ko de dete, ki bhai tum ladlo hum nahi ladte. Lekin bhaisaab Congress jeet nahi sakti, ek seat bhi jeet nahi sakti Delhi me.”

Kejriwal’s comments about Congress not being able to win a single seat in Delhi has been left out of Shankh Naad’s video.

Despite Kejriwal’s comments, an alliance between the bitter political rivals has long been speculated and recently got fresh legs after AAP MLA Amanatullah Khan was reported to have said that AAP would support Congress if the next prime minister came from party.

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Claim Review : Arvind Kejriwal said AAP is willing to support the Congress party.

Fact Check : FALSE

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Karen Rebelo works as an investigative reporter, fact-checker and a copy-editor at BOOM. Her specialization includes spotting and debunking fake images and viral fake videos. Karen is a former Reuters wires journalist and has covered the resources sector in the UK and the Indian stock market and private equity sector. She cut her teeth as a prime-time television producer doing business news shows.

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