In the presence of Samajwadi Party MLA Abu Asim Azmi in Maharashtra, people had raised slogans of 'Sajid Bhai Zindabad', which is being propagated as a slogan of 'Pakistan Zindabad'.
A video is going viral on social media in which some people can be heard chanting slogans at the railway station. It is being claimed that people raised slogans of 'Pakistan Zindabad' in the presence of Samajwadi Party MLA Abu Asim Azmi from Maharashtra. You can watch the video here:
A Facebook user name Azamgarh Baagi shared the video using caption "Pakistan Zindabad slogans were raised in Mumbai. Pakistan Zindabad slogans were raised in front of minister Abu Azmi, who has been selected in the Thackeray government through Samajwadi Party quota.”
The viral post received 128 likes and 1,700 shares at the time of writing this article.
The same post is also getting viral on twitter as well. A user That Kashmiri Guy shared the video with a claim "On land of Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj a very shameful act. On Wadala railway station in front of Namajwadi party leader Abu Azmi, Slogans of "Pakistan Zindabad" were raised. It's same land were Bala Sahib didn't allowed Pakistani players to come!! As a hindu I feel betrayed!!'
The viral post received 202 likes, 158 retweets, and 2,000 views at the time of writing this article.
In our investigation, we found that the claim is false that people raised slogans of 'Pakistan Zindabad' in the presence of Samajwadi Party MLA Abu Asim Azmi.
In this 12-second video, Samajwadi Party MLA in Maharashtra Abu Asim Azmi can be seen walking at the railway station along with some of his supporters. Meanwhile, some people are raising slogans of Abu Asim Azmi and Mumbai Police Zindabad. The first slogan in this video is, 'Abu Asim Azmi Zindabad.' After this, three times the slogans of 'Mumbai Police Zindabad' are chanted. The last slogan is 'Sajid Bhai Zindabad', which is being viral by saying 'Pakistan Zindabad'. It is important to mention that Sajid Bhai Zindabad can be phonetically very similar to the slogan "Pakistan Zindabad", especially if someone is previously told so.
Sajid Siddiqui is the Vice President of the Samajwadi Party from Navi Mumbai.
Abu Azmi has also complained to the Mumbai Police about the viral video. He has also made his stand regarding the matter in a video released on his verified Twitter handle. While sharing the video, he has written, 'If someone in front of me will raise the slogan of Pakistan Zindabad in my country, I will teach him a lesson before the police. Since 2014, some people are connecting everything as Hindu Muslim, I request Mumbai Police to immediately arrest those people who are spreading rumors about Pakistan Zindabad.
In the video, he said, "Friends, it was three or four days ago. "A train was going to Uttar Pradesh and I went to say goodbye to them at the Chhatrapati Shivaji terminal. Some people shouted slogans of 'Abu Asim Azmi Zindabad' from the train compartment and outside. Let me tell you, if someone shouts the slogan of Pakistan Zindabad in front of me, I will fix it and make it difficult for him to live.” In this video, he is also demanding action from the Mumbai Police. Azmi also urged netizens to not fall for fake news."
In conclusion, the viral claim is false that people raised slogans of 'Pakistan Zindabad' in the presence of Samajwadi Party MLA Abu Asim Azmi.
This is not the first time that such claims have been made. Here are some examples where similar claims have been made.
In 2018, many people claimed that the Congress workers were shouting "Pakistan Zindabad" in Rajsamand. However, they were shouting in support of the local Congress candidate Narayan Singh Bhati by raising the slogan "Bhati Saheb Zindabad" which may sound similar to Pakistan Zindabad phonetically.
In another instance in 2018, it was claimed that the slogan of Pakistan Zindabad was raised at a rally of Navjot Singh Sidhu. However, there was no conclusive evidence to suggest whether the slogan was "Pakistan Zindabad" or "Pakistan Murdabad". Also, the allegation on Sidhu of not confronting the people raising the slogan was not justified as it was not clear whether he heard the slogan or not.
In 2019, a video was widely shared on social media with a claim that the students of Madarsa in Mandsaur in Madhya Pradesh raised slogans in support of Pakistan. However, kids were actually raising slogans of Saabir Sir Zindabad. Mandsaur police had also denied the viral claim.
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