On 28th September, farmers’ leader Rakesh Tikait was addressing media persons in Raipur, Chhattisgarh.
The Bharat Kisaan Union (BKU) leader was in Chattisgarh to address a ‘Kisan Mahapanchayat’ at Rajim in Gariaband district.
On 28th September soon after, a clipping of his address started going viral with the claim that Tikait was ‘threatening’ the media.
#WATCH | … Everyone should join us. The next target will be media houses, if you want to be saved then join us, else you'll also suffer: Bharatiya Kisan Union leader Rakesh Tikait after arriving in Raipur, Chhattisgarh pic.twitter.com/nnCJgS11Z5
— ANI (@ANI) September 28, 2021
In the viral clipping, we could see the logo of news agency ANI on screen.
The news agency shared the video clipping on its Twitter handle.
In the 12 second viral clip, the BKU leader is heard saying in Hindi —
“The next target is media houses. If you want to survive, then support us, else you will suffer.”
India Today Anti Fake News War Room (AFWA) found that the viral clipping was being circulated out of context.
In reality, Tikait was referring to the Centre’s policies towards farmers.
What the farmers’ leader says:
Tikait is heard saying,
“Those in Delhi sold off half the country by making new laws they’ve sold off 182 mandis (wholesale markets) in Madhya Pradesh. Chhattisgarh won’t be spared either. It’s time for all of us to come together. The next target would be media houses. If you want to save yourselves, come with us, or else, you’ll face problems too.”
To add more to it, the mainstream media outlets have also reported Tikait’s statement that the government’s next target is media houses.
Hence it is concluded that the viral clipping has been edited from the longer version of the video and is been used in an erroneous context.
The ‘Bharat Bandh’ protest on September 28th, saw a blend of responses from different parts of the country.
Rakesh Tikait termed the ‘Bharat Bandh’ a success while addressing to media.
I’m states like U.P. Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Haryana, and Punjab the protest included active participation, whereas in the remaining states there was minimal involvement.