Video from Maharashtra is used to claim Muslims clash with Hindus in Congress ruled Karnataka!

It also comes with an appeal to Hindus of Telangana to vote wisely in Assembly Elections on November 30th.

Claim

Karnataka: Muslims giving their natural treatment to Hindus for gathering before a temple. An aggressive, ruthless religion + a highly partial government. HINDUS of Telangana, please cast your vote WISELY….. Because Ms are going to vote VERY WISELY.

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Explanation

People in Telangana have voted in their Assembly elections on 30th November 2023. Several opinion polls suggest that Indian National Congress (INC) might have a slight edge over the ruling Bharat Rashtra Samiti (BRS) and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). During the initial stages of the election cycle, it was projected as BJP would be the main contender against the ruling BRS headed by K.Chandrashekar Rao (KCR). However, Congress quickly gained ground and emerged as the challenger to KCR’s Government which has been in power since the inception of the state in 2014.

In the week prior to the polling day, several posts in social media claimed that Muslims in Karnataka are beating up Hindus and are taking over temples. This has come with a warning to voters that if Congress ends up getting the power, this would be the condition Hindus would be subjected to live and asked voters of Telangana to consider this before they vote. A BJP supporter from Andhra Pradesh too shared a similar post with a longer video on 22 November 2023.

What’s the truth?

From the viral tweet which has garnered over 60 thousand views at the time of writing this, we were able to ascertain that people are speaking Marathi. This prompted us to narrow our search to northern parts of Karnataka or Maharashtra. With some keywords search, we were able to find out that the video is indeed from Maharashtra.

When we searched further, we came across a news article from TV 9 Hindi’s website along with a video. From that video, we are able to confirm that the incident is from Kanifnath Temple in Guha Village, Ahmednagar. Here’s a side-by-side comparison to show that the viral video and the TV9 Hindi’s video were taken in the temple in Maharashtra.

Another video showing the incident was present in a similar reporting by News 18 Lokmat.

According to a report from the Hindustan Times which reported on this clash, Muslims and Hindus clashed over the sound of loudspeakers used during a pooja. The Kanfinath temple and a dargah are located with close proximity to one another both of which claims ownership of the land and the matter is pending in Court as per the report.

So, a video from Maharashtra which is ruled by BJP-Shiv Sena (Eknath Shinde faction) alliance is used to falsely claim that it is from Congress ruled Karnataka. This was used to claim similar incidents will take place in Telangana if Congress comes to power in the state and asked Hindus to vote ‘wisely’.

Conclusion

The viral video is not from Karnataka. It is from Maharashtra where BJP-Shiv Sena (Eknath Shinde faction) Alliance is in power. It is used by many right-wingers to falsely claim that the video is from Congress ruled Karnataka when Muslims attacked Hindus during a temple pooja. This was done with a malicious intent to create communal disharmony and also to dissuade Hindus from voting for the Congress party in Telangana elections.

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Ramasamy Jayaprakash

Ramasamy works as a Senior Sub-Editor at YouTurn and writes articles in Tamil and English. He also makes videos for YouTurn's Tamil & English YouTube channels.
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