In light of the BJP’s national executive meeting recently held in the city of Hyderabad, a social media post accompanying a video of journalist posing some blunt questions to Amit Shah is being widely shared praising the courage of the journalist. In the video, the journalist can be heard questioning Amit Shah on the failure of the central government in providing funds to the state at the time of floods. Through this article let’s fact-check the claim made in the post.
Claim: Visuals of a journalist asking some blunt questions to Amit Shah for not allocating funds to the state at the time of floods.
Fact: The viral excerpt of the interview is from the GHMC election campaign, that took place in November 2020. However, from the full footage of the interview, it is evident that the journalist himself did not question Amit Shah on central government’s failure to allocate funds to the state at the time of floods, but he paraphrased the allegations levelled against the BJP by the TRS. Only the question part is clipped and being shared as if the journalist himself posed that question to the union minister. Hence the claim made in the post is MISLEADING.
The viral visuals are not related to any recent event but are from the road show attended by Amit Shah back in November 2020, as part of the GHMC election campaign. Search on internet with relevant keywords yielded the actual footage from which the viral excerpt is extracted.
From the full footage of the interview, it is clearly evident that, the journalist used these words in the context of seeking a response from Amit Shah on allegations levelled against the BJP. The journalist just paraphrased the questions posed to the Union Minister by the ruling TRS party.
The full footage of the interview can be seen on ‘V6’ official YouTube channel. 0:39 seconds into the interview, the journalist merely paraphrased the allegation levelled against the BJP, that central government did not allocate any funds to the state at the time of Hyderabad floods.
Following the journalist’s question, Amit Shah responded saying that central government has provided more financial assistance to Hyderabad than all other cities. This part of the interview, wherein the journalist was referring to the allegations of TRS is clipped and only the part of journalist posing a question bluntly to Amit Shah is being shared praising the courage of the journalist. However, from the full footage of the interview, it is evident that the journalist merely paraphrased the allegation levelled on BJP by the TRS.
To sum it up, a clipped video of a journalist questioning Amit Shah during his 2020 GHMC election campaign is being shared out of context.