A video of US Congress Representative Tulsi Gabbard speaking about the Bhagavad Gita on Janmashtami, on August 11, 2020, is being shared with the claim that it is New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.
The video has been shared on Facebook with the caption: Jacinda Kate Laurell Ardern is a New Zealand politician who has as the 40th prime minister of New Zealand. Please listen to her for what she is telling about Bhagwan Shri Krishna and Bhagavad Gita. Jay Shri Krishna.
BOOM also received the video on our WhatsApp helpline with the caption: Janmasthami greeting from a very unexpected person, none other than New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern! I never knew she is so much touched by Bhagvat Gita. Listen to her 3 minutes compassionate message.
The woman in the video is not New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern but former US Presidential nominee and US Congress Representative from Hawaii Tulsi Gabbard.
To all celebrating around the world, I want to wish you a very Happy Janmashtami! May we always be blessed with remembrance of Sri Krishna, His unconditional love, and His transcendental appearance in this world. Jai Sri Krishna! #HappyJanmashtami #KrishnaJanmashtami pic.twitter.com/gh69gw5Xe4— Tulsi Gabbard 🌺 (@TulsiGabbard) August 11, 2020
Gabbard is the first Hindu member of the US Congress. She has served two tours of military duty in Iraq and Kuwait. She is also a member of the Hawaii Army National Guard.
During Prime Minister Narendra Modi's 2014 visit to the USA, Gabbard had gifted him her copy of the Bhagavad Gita. In a Facebook post, Gabbard later said that the copy she gifted was the one she had taken on her army tour as well as used to take her Congressional oath of office.
Social media posts had previously shared a video of Ardern visited a Hindu temple with false claims that the visit was to show solidarity to Hindus after the Bhumi pujan of the proposed Ram temple in Ayodhya.
BOOM has fact-checked the claims which can be read here.
Claim Review : New Zealand Prime Minister shared a video message on the Bhagavat Gita on Janmashtami.
Claimed By : Facebook posts, WhatsApp forwards
Fact Check : False