Mallikarjun Kharge quoting Modi’s remarks is falsely shared on his name.

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Congress party is dividing our country on the basis of caste, he is dividing the country – Mallikarjun Kharge

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Explanation

On February 7, 2024, Prime Minister Narendra Modi challenged the Congress and Karnataka’s administration to quit fabricating a story that would divide the nation into the north and south, claiming that doing so would endanger the future of the nation.

Meanwhile, a 15-second viral video is purporting on X (formerly Twitter) that Congress President Mallikarjun Kharge’s speech is getting widely shared and going viral because, in the viral video, he said that every time the Congress party is dividing our country on the basis of caste. In the viral video, a footage of the Hindi movie “Dulhe Raja,” shows an actor Kadar Khan mentioned as Rahul Gandhi and actor Johnny Lever mentioned as Mallikarjun Kharge. In the scene, as Kadar Khan asks the Johnny Lever, are you on his side or on my side, Johnny points his finger to another side and says, “I’m at your side.” “So why are you pointing to that side?” for which Johnny replies, “My finger might be on his side, but my heart is always on your side because I have eaten your salt.” This scene is shared to mock Kharge.

https://twitter.com/babubhedana/status/1758822821407432988?s=46&t=kIszbQH_arRSG8kPbuGeZw

A similar viral video was widely shared by BJP supporters and can be seen here, and here.

What is the Truth?

We ran a reverse search using the keyframes of the viral video, and we found the unedited full original video posted on the Indian National Congress YouTube channel on February 15, 2024. On the timestamp of 13:10, Mallikarjun Kharge can be seen saying, “if our government comes into power in Bihar, we are going to conduct a caste census, and from this, we are going to find out clear data about all the communities and which communities got the benefits and which did not.

I just want to find out how many graduates are from backward castes, scheduled castes, scheduled tribes, and minorities, and how many are from upper castes from the economically weaker sections. To find this, all we want to do is conduct a caste census, but what is wrong with this? Modi says every time the Congress party divides the country, it is also on a caste basis. We want to give justice to the citizens.”

According to the original video, we find out that Mallikarjun Kharge’s Modi name has been clipped and shared falsely to show that he is talking against his own party. The viral video is clipped.

Conclusion

Mallikarjun Kharge referred to Modi’s remarks but this part is clipped out and is shared with false narratives.

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