After what appeared to be a swear word blurted by Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath in a press video, his media advisor has come forward to state that that the audio used in the video was edited and is fake.
The ruckus began after a video started circulating on social media in which CM Adityanath could be allegedly heard using a swear word for the cameraperson of TV news agency ANI. The incident occurred this morning following the minister’s inoculation with the first dose of covid-19 vaccine.
It quickly spread like fire and the video garnered thousands of views within no time. As it grew viral, Adityanath’s media advisor Shalabh Mani Tripathi retweeted a so-called “fact-check” report published by a website known as “Breaking Tube”. The agency claimed that the last 3 seconds of the video was fake and the abusive words were allegedly added into it.
Shared by hundreds of people till now, the video ends abruptly after CM seems to be blurting an abusive word to the cameraperson for some mistake he did.
Taking a dig at Adityanath was Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav who though did not post the video but did make a sarcastic comment saying, when roughly translated from Hindi, “Please listen to the sweet words given to the journalist by this ‘manyavar’. But please use your headphones and keep this away from children”.
The “fact-check” published by the website bears no details or evidence whatsoever of the video being fake, yet the Chief Minister himself has ordered action against those who share and circulate the “fake” video of him.
Soon after this, news agency ANI posted another video of Yogi Adityanath, without any controversial elements this time. The 5-minutes long was captioned on Twitter saying, “Editors note: Earlier issued Live Sound byte is retracted”.
The incident surfaced after a retired IAS officer Surya Pratap Singh became the first person to tweet the video. His tweet in Hindi loosely said, “This is Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath’s real face…Listen to the language of a saint.”
The video was watched across the state as it was telecasted in the morning in at least 2 regional channels in Uttar Pradesh. Everyone could hear him using the swear word as the video was being played live.