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Yogi Adityanath’s viral video with swear word attracts criticism, aide retweets ‘Fact-Check’

By Saima Siddiqui 
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Lucknow: Shalabh Mani Tripathi, media advisor to Yogi Adityanath, comes to his rescue soon after an alleged abusive video of Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister, showing him using a swear word against a news agency cameraperson, goes viral.

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The aide of UP CM retweets a ‘fact-check’ that claims that the viral video of Yogi using a swear word was edited and a fake audio was inserted into its last few seconds.

Taking to criticism, Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav was first among those who took a swipe at the UP CM on Twitter. He tweeted a verse in Hindi, which could be translated as: “Please hear the sweet words from ‘manyavar’ to journalists. But use headphones and away from children.” But he did not share the video.

The video, which took over the internet, cuts off abruptly soon after Yogi Adityanath appears to use an unparliamentary language at a cameraperson of news agency. The Chief Minister was speaking right after taking the first shot of Covid vaccine this morning.

As the video was maligning Chief Minister’s image, his media advisor Shalabh Mani Tripathi retweeted a ‘fact check’ report by a website called “Breaking Tube” that claimed the last three seconds of the clip, when the Chief Minister appears to blurt out the abuse, was, in fact, doctored.

There are no details on the fact-check in the report, which says the Chief Minister has ordered action against those who have circulated a “fake” video of him.

Furthermore, the ANI has also tweeted a fresh five-minute bite of Yogi Adityanath and said in the tweet – “Editors note: Earlier issued Live Sound byte is retracted”.

The video first emerged in a tweet by retired IAS officer Surya Pratap Singh, who shared the video with a note in Hindi, which roughly translate as, “This is Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath’s real face…Listen to the language of a saint.”

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