A doctored video clip of former Aam Aadmi Party leader Ashutosh Gupta purporting to show him speak against the party has gone viral on social media.
The video is being shared with a caption that says, “Who is former AAP leader and senior journalist Ashutosh speaking against?”
(Translated from Hindi: भूतपूर्व AAP नेता और बरिष्ठ पत्रकार आसुतोष किसपर हमला बोल रहा? 😂😂)
In the doctored clip, the former journalist turned politician, can be heard saying, ‘Today, Aam Aadmi Party is standing at a juncture where we can proudly say that within India if there’s any one party that has traveled to Pakistan, who unleash dogs on their wives, it is Aam Aadmi Party.”
The post has been shared on several Facebook pages.
The original video is from May 2017 when Ashutosh was still a part of the Aam Aadmi Party. He resigned from the party on August 15, 2018
BOOM found the original video that was published on AAP’s YouTube page on May 22, 2017.
The original video is from a meeting of AAP members where Ashutosh was one of the speakers.
The viral clip, which has two jump cuts, is a doctored version of the same video. Below we share portions of the original video which have been spliced and added at a different position to make it sound like the former AAP leader was speaking jibberish while taking a dig at the party.
In the above video the portion where Ashutosh says ‘Ask our 15 MPs who have toured Pakistan and come. And there are some people who have unleashed a dog on their wife‘, has been clipped.
At a later point, Ashutosh says, “Today, Aam Aadmi Party is standing at a juncture where we can proudly say that within India if there’s any one party which stands in the way of corruption, it is Aam Aadmi Party.”
It’s this portion of the video that the viral clip begins with. The other portions are added accordingly to construct a nonsensical sentence.
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Sumit is a fact checker and the News Editor of Boom's Hindi wing. In the six years of his journalistic career, he has worked with the New Indian Express, Times of India and Deccan Chronicle. The dynamic nature of digital media finally made him take the leap from print to online, and don the hat of a digital detective.
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