Was Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde drunk while speaking to the press?

Claim

Eknath Shinde, the new Chief Minister of Maharashtra, came to meet the journalists after drinking too much alcohol that he could not stand.

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Explanation

Eknath Shinde became the new Chief Minister of Maharashtra with the support of Shiv Sena MLAs and the BJP. In this case, a 30-second video of the new Chief Minister Eknath Shinde claiming that he was drunk while meeting the press is going viral on social media.

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In the video, Eknath Shinde is getting down from the bus and is surrounded by many journalists who questioned him. He gets pushed around in the crowd when he tries to speak.

What is the truth?

Searching for the “MH04 Media” logo in the viral video, the respective Facebook page does not contain the video recording and may have been deleted.

On further search, on June 26, Ravikant from Maharashtra BJP, posted a one-minute video clip of MH04 Media saying, “Eknath Shinde, who claimed to be drunk in a video that has gone viral on social media is not true. This is the full video,” on Facebook.

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Similarly, on June 25, a Twitter user posted a 1.30-minute full video. In the video, Eknath Shinde clearly speaks to journalists after the viral scene.

NDTV channel released a video of Eknath Shinde on June 22 when he arrived at Surat airport with his supporting MLAs surrounded by news agencies.

Conclusion

The claim that Maharashtra’s new Chief Minister Eknath Shinde arrived drunk to meet the press is false.

The viral video was taken when he visited the Surat airport with his supporting MLAs before becoming the chief minister. After the viral scene, we can see the full video of him clearly speaking to the press.

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