One of our users requested us to verify the authenticity of a TV screengrab in which a statement "If our government falls then I will set the country on fire" was attributed to UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath.
As per the user, the screengrab is going viral in Tamil WhatsApp groups.
The picture is viral on social media for many days. Pinku Giri who is the district head of Congress's Darbhanga district IT cell shared the screengrab on Facebook. Giri has written while posting the picture: "Bhogi Ji has come to reality after seeing his defeat. Said if his government falls, then I will set the entire country on fire".
His post has been shared by more than 100 users.
We found that the logo used in the screengrab belongs to the Gujarati news channel, Mantavya News.
Mantavya News is a Gujarati Channel, so it is highly unlikely that statement would have been flashed in Hindi instead of Gujarati. But still, we searched for the report on Mantavya News' website but couldn't find any.
Google search for the statement also didn't give any result. Now, it is highly unlikely that such a huge and controversial statement by Yogi Adityanath has not been reported by any media.
We watched many videos from the news channel and found a common pattern in all the video. All the videos had margins from all the sides which is not there in the viral screengrab.
Look closely at the screengrab, there is no margin on top and left in the picture of Adityanath so that the picture touches the edge of the Television frame. Typically, this channel always has margins on both sides of the frame. At least we did not find any video in which there is no margin on the top and edge of any frame. In the picture below, a sample screen taken from the news channel can be seen on the right. While margins in the regular frame of the channel are clearly marked, on the other hand, there is no margin in the alleged screengrab of Yogi Adityanath.
The available evidence is sufficient enough to prove that the screengrab is photoshopped or digitally created.
No, Yogi Adityanath didn't say "If our government falls, I will set the entire country on fire". The viral screengrab of the Gujarati news channel, Mantavya News is photoshopped.
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