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Was Mamata Banerjee Greeted With Jai Shri Ram Chants Outside the West Bengal Assembly?

Was Mamata Banerjee Greeted With Jai Shri Ram Chants Outside the West Bengal Assembly?

BOOM found that the audio from an incident in May has been overlaid in the viral video to make a false claim

A video of Mamata Banerjee walking out of the West Bengal state Assembly to chants of Jai Shri Ram is edited to falsely claim that Banerjee was jeered at in front of the parliament.

BOOM found that while the video was originally shot in February this year in front of the West Bengal Legislative Assembly, the audio of Jai Shri Ram is not part of the original video. The audio of Jai Shri Ram slogans is from a May incident and has been overlaid into the viral video.

Mahesh Hegde, founder of fake news website Postcard News, which has spread fake news and misinformation in the past, also tweeted the edited video on Tuesday.

The video, which has been viewed more than 10,000 times at the time of writing this article, has been captioned as, “Yesterday at #Parliament that look of her when she can’t do anything loved it…#JaiShreeRam.” Below is a screen shot of the same.

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The same video was shared by Shobha Karandlaje, a BJP MP from Karnataka.

BOOM found that multiple posts with a caption where the location has been identified as the WB Assembly was also viral on social media.

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BOOM found the original video that was shared by the West Bengal correspondent of the India Today Group Indrajit Kundu on his Facebook page. BOOM reached out to Kundu who authenticated the video and also confirmed that it was shot by him in February this year.

In the video, Banerjee can be heard talking to photographers who were standing in a cluster to take pictures. She also does a quick interaction with Ghosh, asking him about his health. Banerjee says, “Ki Dilip babu shorir bhalo acche toh. (Dilip Babu, how is your health?). To which Ghosh replies, “Ekdom bhalo achhi ami. (I am perfectly fine.)”

The same was shared by Kundu on Twitter.

BOOM also found the original audio clip of Jai Shri Ram that was edited and used in the video.

The audio of Jai Shri Ram was raised by alleged BJP party workers as Mamata Banerjee’s convoy passed through Chandrakona earlier this month. Banerjee was travelling to Arambagh to campaign for Aparupa Lahiri.

Banerjee rolled down her window, stopped her convoy, and stormed out of the car to confront the sloganeers, who had by then fled. The incident was widely covered by news channels.

BOOM managed to match the audio used in the edited clip along with the original one. The track in the original begins with ‘Thik acche thik achhe‘ (alright alright), which has been overlaid, along with the rest of the audio clip. At the two second mark, a giggle can be heard in he original video. The same can be heard at the six second mark in the edited video, thus proving that the audio is same as that of the incident that happened in Arambagh.


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Claim Review : Jai Shri Ram chanted as Mamata Banerjee leaves West Bengal Assembly on Tuesday

Fact Check : FALSE

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Swasti Chatterjee is a fact-checker and the Deputy News Editor of Boom's Bangla team. She has worked in the mainstream media, in the capacity of a reporter and copy editor with The Times of India, The Indian Express and NDTV.com and is now working as a digital detective, debunking fake news.

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