A purported video clip of Union Minister Rajnath Singh speaking in support of farmers is viral on social media. Users claim that he supported the ongoing farmers' protests in Delhi.

In the video, the defence minister can be heard speaking in support of farmers. He is heard saying everyone should support farmers irrespective of their political affiliation. He also criticized Prime Minister for not taking any action.

This video was shared in the context of Bharat Bandh called by farmers on Dec 8, 2020, with hashtags #BharatBandh and #WeSupport8DecBharatBand. The caption of the video reads: "This video of Rajnath Singh is going to be overshadowed by Narendra Modi and BJP!"

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The same video with a similar claim shared on both Facebook and Twitter.

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Fact check:

This viral video is a truncated version of Rajnath Singh's speech at Jantar Mantar in 2013 and not related to the ongoing farmers' protests against new farm laws in 2020.

A reverse image search of one of the keyframes of the video did not yield any relevant results. So NewsMeter performed a keyword search using the terms 'Farmer's dharna', 'Rajnath Singh' on Google.

Results led to a video dated back to 20 Mar 2013 uploaded by the official YouTube channel of Bharatiya Janata Party. This video titled `Shri Rajnath Singh addressing farmers staging a dharna at Jantar Mantar, New Delhi: 20.03.2013.'

The viral clip in circulation is from the 2013 video. Viewers can spot viral clip after 1:10 minutes.


The same video can be found on the official website of Rajnath Singh.

According to the report by Hindu published on 19 Mar 2013, thousands of farmers gathered at Jantar Mantar with several demands including the formation of an income commission to guarantee minimum livelihood income.

Therefore, the viral video of Rajnath Singh is from 2013 and not related to the ongoing farmers' protests in Delhi. Therefore, claims made in social media are FALSE.


Claim Review :   Viral video of Rajnath Singh’s address is from 2020
Claimed By :  Twitter Users
Fact Check :  False

Vamsi Krishna Pothuru

Vamsi Krishna Pothuru completed his Masters in Communication from The University of Hyderabad. He has interned with The New Indian Express and Kriti Social Initiatives. With the specialization of media research in masters, he submitted his thesis on the topic of "Fact-checking Initiatives and their response to Fake News in India." He believes that fact-checkers have a huge role to play in the fight against fake news which is a dangerous undercurrent in social media reinforcing hatred and false perceptions. Along with fact-checking, he is also interested in writing about environmental issues and human interest stories.

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