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Politics Enters The IPL Arena: ‘Chowkidar Chor Hai’ Chant Heard At KXIP Vs RR Game

Politics Enters The IPL Arena: ‘Chowkidar Chor Hai’ Chant Heard At KXIP Vs RR Game

BOOM checked live footage of the game and verified that the slogan was raised by a few spectators

A video in which spectators can be heard raising the slogan ‘Chowkidar hi chor hai’ during the Indian Premier League (IPL) match between Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) and the Rajasthan Royals (RR) on Monday, is going viral on social media.

‘Chowkidar Chor Hai’ or (the watchman is a thief) is a political slogan used by Congress President Rahul Gandhi against Prime Minister Narendra Modi while alleging corruption in the Rafale aircraft deal.

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) led by the prime minister has countered the attack by adding the prefix of ‘Chowkidar’ to his Twitter handle and urged other BJP leaders and supporters to do so as well.

In the viral clip, the slogan can be heard for a few seconds after Jaydev Unadkat of the Rajasthan Royals, bowls a wide

The score seen at the bottom of the screen indicates that the incident took place during the eighteenth over when KXIP had scored 160 runs while losing three wickets.

Viral video on WhatsApp
Viral video on WhatsApp

Several readers also tagged BOOM’s official Twitter handle asking us to verify the video.

The clip was also viral on Facebook.

Facebook Search of the viral clip
Facebook Search of the viral clip

FACT-CHECK

BOOM went through the five hours match video uploaded on the Hotstar app and found that the slogan was indeed chanted. At the 2.30.32 time stamp one can hear the slogan being chanted in the background by a few spectators in the stadium.

Scoreboard matches
Scoreboard matches

The score when the chants can be heard is the same in both the viral clip and five-hour recording of the match uploaded by Hotstar. Click here to view the video.

Hotstar screenshot
Source: Hotstar

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Anmol Alphonso is a fact-checker with BOOM. He has previously interned at IndiaSpend as a fact-checker and was a reporting intern at Times of India, Indian Express, and Mid-Day. He is a post-graduate diploma holder in journalism from St Paul’s Institute of Communication Education, Mumbai.

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