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Amit Shah’s old Speech is being misrepresented as a recent statement on Mukhtar Ansari’s death


A video clip (here, here, and here) featuring a speech by Amit Shah is making rounds on various social media platforms. The short clip shows him stating that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) liberated people from gangster-politician Mukhtar Ansari in Uttar Pradesh. This clip is being shared in light of Mukhtar Ansari’s recent death, insinuating that Shah’s comments are regarding this event, and that he has a hand in Ansari’s death. We will fact-check this claim through this article.

An archived version of this post can be found here.

Claim: Amit Shah, in a recent speech, stated that BJP liberated people from Mukhtar Ansari after Mukhtar Ansari’s death. 

Fact: The clip is from an old speech by Amit Shah in a 2019 rally in Kasganj, Uttar Pradesh, where he used the acronym NIZAM (which includes ‘M’ for Mukhtar Ansari). Hence, the claim made in the post is Misleading.

To fact-check the authenticity of this viral clip, we initially conducted a reverse image search on the keyframes of the video. This led us to the original speech from which the viral clip was extracted. The entire speech was uploaded to BJP’s official YouTube channel in 2019.

In the 2019 speech (here, here and here) delivered in Kasganj, Uttar Pradesh, Amit Shah used the acronym ‘NIZAM,’ comprising the initials of Nasimuddin Siddiqui, Imran Masood, Azam Khan, Atique Ahmed and Mukhtar Ansari. Shah asserted that the BJP liberated Uttar Pradesh from the so-called ‘NIZAM’ rule, targeting these individuals.

Cross-checking with other public records revealed that Amit Shah used the same ‘NIZAM’ reference in a public rally in Uttar Pradesh in 2021. This consistent usage of the acronym and the fact that the original video on BJP’s YouTube channel was uploaded in April 2019, confirms that the video is not a recent comment on Mukhtar Ansari’s death.

To sum up, the viral video showing Amit Shah making a statement about Mukhtar Ansari is not recent and does not pertain to Ansari’s recent demise. It is a part of Shah’s old speech from 2019. 


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