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Lok Sabha Polls: Viral Video Of Nitish Kumar With INDI Bloc Leaders Is Old

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Vasudha noticed the growing problem of mis/disinformation online after studying New Media at ACJ in Chennai and became interested in separating facts from fiction. She is interested in learning how global issues affect individuals on a micro level. Before joining Newschecker’s English team, she was working with Latestly.

Claim

A recent video of JD(U) Chief and NDA ally Nitish Kumar with INDI bloc leaders including Rahul Gandhi, Mallikarjun Kharge and Tejashwi Yadav. 

Multiple X users shared the video stating, “What just happened in the Congress’ office, the game is still on. (translated from Hindi)” 

Such posts can be seen here, here and here

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Fact

A keyword search for “Nitish Kumar,” “Tejashwi Yadav,”  “meets” “Rahul Gandhi,” and “Mallikarjun Kharge” on Youtube led us to a report by Midday India, dated April 12, 2023. Carrying snippets from the viral footage, the report elaborated on a meeting of the Congress leaders with Nitish Kumar and Tejashwi Yadav at  Mallikarjun Kharge’s residence. 

Screengrab from YouTube video by Midday India

Carrying snippets from the viral clip, an NDTV report from April 2023 stated, “In another attempt to stitch together a united Opposition front ahead of the 2024 general election, top leaders of the Congress, Janata Dal (United) (JDU) and Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) met in Delhi today to explore the possibility of putting up a united fight against the ruling BJP.”

Screengrab from NDTV website

“This is a historic step to unite the opposition. We will develop the vision of the opposition parties and move forward… we will stand together for the country,” Rahul Gandhi was quoted as saying after the meeting.

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Congress Chief Mallikarjun Kharge had also shared photographs from the meeting on his official X account on April 12, 2023. The same can be seen below. 

Screengrab from X post by Mallikarjun Kharge

Notably, JD(U) President Nitish Kumar severed ties with the opposition INDI bloc, and joined the BJP-led NDA in January 2024.

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We could thus conclude that an old video of Nitish Kumar with INDI bloc leaders has been misleadingly shared to show a recent meeting.

Result: Missing Context

Sources
YouTube Video By Midday India, Dated April 12, 2023
Report By NDTV, Dated April 12, 2023
X Post By Mallikarjun Kharge, Dated April 12, 2023
Report By Times Of India, Dated January 28, 2024


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Authors

Vasudha noticed the growing problem of mis/disinformation online after studying New Media at ACJ in Chennai and became interested in separating facts from fiction. She is interested in learning how global issues affect individuals on a micro level. Before joining Newschecker’s English team, she was working with Latestly.

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