Amit Shah’s Doctored Video on Reservation Goes Viral Amid Lok Sabha Elections

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The ongoing Lok Sabha elections has instigated a constant and intense broil between the political parties in the nation, with accusations and claims on several issues coming to light in political discussions. Amidst such viral issues under discussion, a video of Amit Shah, the Minister of Home Affairs of India has gained massive attention recently. As per the video’s claims, it is being shown that Shah allegedly called SC/ST and OBC reservation ‘unconstitutional’ and promised an end to it if the party wins.



The post is being shared across social media platforms by various accounts.


It has been found that the viral video has been originally taken from a clip dated 23 April, 2023 in which Shah is addressing a gathering at the Vijay Sankalp Sabha at Chevella, Telangana. In the original video, Shah criticized the religion-based reservations, targeting the Muslim reservations in Telangana. Furthermore, he also promised to do away with this practice and to ensure the rightful benefit of reservations to SC/ST and OBC groups. The logo of Telugu news channel V6 News Telugu present in the viral video has led to the original event news clip.

As seen in the edited video, Amit Shah’s speech directly cuts from “gairsamvaidhanik… (unconstitutional)” to “SC, ST  aur OBC…”.  However, after verifying the original words of the Home Minister from the news clip, it has been found that 8 seconds of the speech have been cut from the viral video. The original news clipping has been used from video duration 2:38 to 2:44, after which the part where Shah mentions Muslim reservation (from 2:44 to 2:52) has been deleted from the widely circulated video.


A video of the same was also posted on the official YouTube channel of NDTV.

As per the latest updates, three people, who have been found to be linked to the fake video of Amit Shah, have been arrested. From the three people under arrest, two of them were arrested by Ahmedabad Cyber Crime department and one from Assam.

Reetam Singh, a Congress worker from Guwahati, Assam, was put behind the bars for alleged doctoring and sharing of the Home Minister’s video. Ahmedabad Cyber Crime department also arrested Satish Vansola and RV Varia in the Amit Shah deepfake case. Satish Vansola is the personal assistant of Jignesh Mevani, a leader from Congress. Furthermore, notices from Delhi Police’s Special Cell have been sent to five members of Telangana Congress, along with Telangana chief minister A Revanth Reddy, who further shared this video on their X handles. A case has also been registered by the Mumbai police against the social media handle of Maharashtra Youth Congress and 16 others for alleged spread of the fake video, as per PTI.

Eeshna Dashottar

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