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Kaushambi, Uttar Pradesh — Old Video Of Samajwadi Party Leader Indrajit Saroj Making Controversial Statement Resurfaced With Misleading Claims: Fact-Check 

Indrajit Saroj, the leader of the Samajwadi party, is heard saying in a contentious and provocative video that is going around, “This time, shepherds are going up against each other; neither do they lag behind in firing bullets nor do we lag behind in firing bullets.”

@bharatkanarad tweeted “The controversial statement of Samajwadi Party’s National General Secretary from Kaushambi and Manjhanpur MLA Indrajit Saroj’s video once again went viral on social media. In the viral video, the minister also talked about firing bullets.” on May 19, 2024. The tweet has received an about more than 2.5k views on X.

Several other accounts, including @ArvindT42100206, @Knewsindia, @ajaykantSnrJO made the same claim that Indrajit Saroj said “this time shepherd- shepherd are facing off against each other, neither do they lag behind in firing bullets nor do we lag behind in firing bullets.” The archive can be read from above.

What is the Actual Truth About this Incident? : Fact

The video in question is really from 2019, when he made this contentious statement in public at Chaurang Village, which is under the jurisdiction of both the Babaganj assembly constituency and the Kaushambi Lok Sabha constituency. The video is not current and is unrelated to the general elections that are taking place in 2024. So, the claim that Samajwadi party politician Indrajit Saroj can be heard saying, “This time shepherd-shepherds are facing off against each other, neither they nor we lag behind in firing shots.” during the current elections is not true at all. The video was uploaded in Youtube on March 28, 2019. We visited amarujala, which wrote about this on March 29, 2019 with the headline “Former minister Inderjeet said, I have been brought up by the shepherd… neither do they lag behind in firing nor do we.”. Former minister and SP-BSP alliance candidate Indrajit Saroj, who came to inaugurate the election office in Chowrang village of Babaganj assembly under Kaushambi parliamentary seat, said that this time it is a matter of choice between the shepherd and the shepherd. Neither do they lag behind in firing nor do we lag behind in firing. Indrajit Saroj lost consciousness in excitement while addressing the people. Despite the Model Code of Conduct, he was seen giving provocative speeches. Said that if something happens to his workers in Kunda, Babaganj, if they cross the Ganga, they will go dry but will return wet. Further, for more clarification, we also went to navbharattimes, which posted an article on this on March 30, 2019 with the heading “Samajwadi Party leader’s bad words, said – Neither do they lag behind in firing nor do we.”. In this program of Kaushambi, Saroj said, ‘This time it is the shepherd-shepherd’s side. Neither do they lag behind in firing bullets nor do we, in such a situation if anything happens to our workers in Babaganj or Kunda, we will cross the Ganga dry but will return from there wet. Let us tell you that Inderjit Saroj is considered to be a contender for the ticket of BSP-SP alliance from Kaushambi Lok Sabha seat and on the same seat of Kaushambi, Kunda MLA Raghuraj Pratap Singh alias Raja Bhaiya has fielded his party’s candidate Shailendra Kumar.

Check out the Yotube Video:

D-Intent’s Fact-Checking Results:

Intent:

Political influencers are circulating years old video with misleading claims to set their narrative to influence the ongoing general elections. A controversial provocative video of Samajwadi party leader Indrajit Saroj is being circulated in which he can be heard saying “this time shepherd- shepherd are facing off against each other, neither do they lag behind in firing bullets nor do we lag behind in firing bullets. This is an old video from 2019, when he made this controversial statement during a public speech in Chaurang Village, Babaganj assembly constituency, Kaushambi Lok Sabha constituency. The video is not new and has nothing to do with the current general elections in 2024.

Conclusion:

Fact : The fact is that this is an old video from 2019, when he made this controversial statement during a public speech at Chaurang Village under Babaganj assembly constituency and Kaushambi Lok Sabha constituency. The video is not recent and has nothing to do with ongoing general elections 2024.

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