A video tweeted by a leader of the Aam Aadmi party, suggesting Prime Minister Narendra Modi looking at the cameras while President Ram Nath Kovind greets him, has been labeled as misleading by Twitter.
AAP leader Sanjay Singh’s post was flagged “out of context” by Twitter.
In the original video, the Prime Minister can be seen returning the President’s salute and looking at him. However, the cropped video omits this part.
shame about @SanjayAzadSln for sharing a cropped video to insult the outgoing President.
PM had greeted Ram Nath Kovind ji.
— Ankur Singh (@iAnkurSingh) July 24, 2022
The incident stems from a ceremony in Parliament’s Central Hall to bid farewell to President Kovind.
BJP spokesman Shehzad Poonawalla said PM Modi welcomed President Kovind, which can be seen in the full video of Parliament, as opposed to the video shared by Sanjay Singh on Twitter.
“Sanjay Singh tweeted today saying that the outgoing President was offended. Nothing could be more unfortunate. He posted an edited clip and made allegations against the Prime Minister at such an event where there should be no politics. The edited clip has been divided. The Prime Minister had welcomed President Kovind, which was seen in the full video. There are publicly available images showing PM Modi greeting the President. Nevertheless, such an accusation was made. What was the intention? ‘ asked Mr. Poonawalla.
“The Aam Aadmi party has been exposed. You insulted the Prime Minister. They hijacked Delhi,” he added.
The President, who is the first Dalit to hold the top post, mentioned PM Modi’s visit to his UP village in his last televised address to the nation today, underscoring the mutual respect between the country’s two top leaders.
“This year the Prime Minister also honored my village Paraunkh with his visit. This connection with our roots was the essence of India. I would like to ask the younger generation to continue this tradition of staying connected to their village or town, their schools and other teachers,” said the President.
Mr Singh’s post comes as the AAP claimed a government event in Delhi was “hijacked” by orders from the Prime Minister’s Office by police, who lined up his towering photographs on the stage and threatened to arrest anyone who removed them.
The AAP leader’s video garnered 10,000 likes and was widely tweeted.
Droupadi Murmu, a woman from the Santhal tribe, will succeed President Kovind.
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