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BJP Spokesperson Makes False Claim That Umar Khalid Chanted 'Hinduo se Azadi'

The actual sloganeering was against casteism, RSS, PM Modi, Amit Shah and RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat.

BJP Delhi spokesperson Tajinder Bagga tweeted an 18-second clip of a protest at the Gateway of India, Mumbai on the intervening night of January 5-6. The protest was against the violence at JNU Delhi, where masked goons entered the campus with weapons and thrashed several students. The sloganeering at the Mumbai protest was led by former JNU student Umar Khalid. “Muslim and Leftists students in Mumbai again Raised Slogans “Hinduo se Aazadi” but this time not in Jamia or JNU , they raised Hinduo se Aazadi Slogans at Gateway of India Mumbai, (sic)” claimed Bagga. His tweet has garnered close to 9,000 retweets.

No, “Hinduo Se Azaadi” Slogan was not Raised

Alt News found that Bagga’s claim about protesters chanting, “Hinduo se azadi”, is patently false. We discovered a Facebook Live of the protest where the 18-second portion tweeted by the Delhi BJP spokesperson can be heard from 17:53 minutes onward.

Here’s what Khalid said – “तो NPR से (आज़ादी),और CAA से (आज़ादी),और CAA से (आज़ादी), तो जातिवाद से (आज़ादी), और मनुवाद से (आज़ादी), और संघवाद से (आज़ादी), और RSS से (आज़ादी), और RSS से (आज़ादी), तो भगवत से भी (आज़ादी), तो उस मोदी से (आज़ादी)”

[Translation: From NPR (freedom), and from CAA (freedom), and from CAA (freedom), from casteism (freedom), and from Manuvaad (freedom), and from Sanghvaad (freedom), and from RSS (freedom), and from RSS (freedom), from Bhagwat too (freedom), from that Modi (freedom).]

We corroborated the same with a live-streamed video on YouTube where the same slogans can be heard 52:42 minutes onward. Khalid also took to Twitter and called out Bagga’s false claim.

BJP Delhi spokesperson Tajinder Pal Singh Bagga tweeted a video former JNU student Umar Khalid and falsely claimed that he raised slogans against Hindus while in reality, his line of sloganeering was against casteism, Manuvaad, RSS, Sangh, PM Modi, Home Minister Amit Shah and RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat.

Video viral with false claim

The false claim was also shared by BJP Mumbai spokesperson Suresh Nakhua.

Major Surendra Poonia also joined the bandwagon.

The clip is in fact viral on both Facebook and Twitter.

This article has been republished from Alt News.