A Facebook post claiming Bharatiya Janta Party national president Amit Shah stopped former Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan from garlanding Prime Minister Narendra Modi, is false and misleading.
The post, that has gone viral after the recently concluded two-day long BJP national convention, has a caption in Hindi that translates to, ‘Amit Shah pushes Shivraj back, stops him from garlanding Modi.’
With the image going viral on the Internet, narratives are now being floated that Chouhan, after losing Madhya Pradesh, is being mistreated by the central leadership.
Another Facebook post is an image of what appears to be a newspaper report published in an evening daily called ‘Good Evening’.
The image, as mentioned in the newspaper report Good Evening, is from the dais of the BJP National Convention held on January 11 and 12, 2019.
BOOM checked the videos from the event and found the claim to be false and misleading.
One can clearly see in the video that when the prime minister is being garlanded by party men including Amit Shah, Arun Jaitely, and Nitin Gadkari among others, Shivraj Singh Chouhan comes from behind and tries to hold the garland.
Precisely at this moment Shah signals to someone standing in front of the PM to move aside.
What appears in the image as Shah gesturing Chouhan to stay behind is actually him signalling to another person to move to the other side.
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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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