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Fact Check: Old speech of Rajasthan CM viral in the face of Jodhpur violence

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A video went viral on Twitter on May 9, where Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot can be seen talking about the dangers of Hindutva. In an investigation, it was found that the video is from 2021 and was falsely linked to the recent violence at Jodhpur.

A video was tweeted by @sudhirshiv567 depicting Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot. 

In the 16 second clip, referring to them (BJP), Gehlot says that the climate in politics has been communalized due to Hindutva rhetoric. He claims that an environment of fear has been created, and winning votes has become challenging.

Similar Tweets can be found across Twitter.

Many of the tweets suggest that Rajasthan's chief minister's statement on Hindutva refers to the recent cases of communal violence in Jodhpur. Congress is concerned about the current climate because it will impact their electoral prospects, according to said Tweets.

Fact Check

By doing a keyword search it was found that the viral video is a clip from 2021. On April 9, 2021, LiveHindustan published a report quoting Gehlot saying that the BJP and RSS only talk about Hindutva and their political agenda. He added that an atmosphere of fear has been created, which might lead to an electoral setback for the Congress, but the party will stand.

A video of the complete statement was uploaded by Zee Rajasthan on the same day.

In conclusion, the viral video of Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot's statement does not refer to the recent case of communal violence in Jodhpur. The 16-second clip was taken from a 2021 video of Gehlot's statement.

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