Fact Check: Did Congress workers stop Uddhav Thackeray from speaking?

The viral video is edited. Thackeray was asked to speak for a longer time at the event.
(Source: Social media screenshot)
(Source: Social media screenshot)

video is being widely shared on social media in which several men are interrupting Shiv Sena leader Uddhav Thackeray while he is trying to speak on stage.

The video is shared with a caption claiming that Congress workers stopped Thackeray from speaking in public. A social media user shared the video with a caption that reads, “What a fall!! Uddhav Thackeray is the other name of SHAMELESSNESS. Watch how congress workers of Wardha denied Uddhav to even make a speech at a rally. Ye log ladenge Modi se??”

A similar post can be seen here.

Fact Check

SouthCheck found that the claim was false. We found that the video is edited and in the original video, he was asked to speak for a longer time.

On doing a Google Reverse Image Search, we found that the same video was uploaded by Mumbai Tak’s YouTube channel on April 22, 2024. The video was of the Maha Vikas Aghadi’s election campaign held in Wardha, Maharashtra.

At around the 51-minute timestamp, one can see Uddhav Thackeray being called onto the stage. One can see that no one obstructs Thackeray’s speech. Instead, he says that he is short of time so he will only speak for a few minutes. However, others around them request that he extend his speaking duration.

In another video uploaded by Saam TV one can clearly see that Thackeray says that he will speak for five minutes while others urge him to speak longer. We found that in the viral video places where the other people are asking Thackeray to speak are replaced by comical music.

A video of the incident was also uploaded by ABP Majha. In this video too, one can see Thackeray asking other members to wait, while they insist he speak.

Hence, we can ascertain that the viral video is edited and in the original video, Thackeray is being requested to extend his speech.

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