Fact Check: AAP MP’s tweets on President Kovind not being invited for Ram Mandir bhoomi pujan misleading

Aam Aadmi Party MP Sanjay Singh recently put out a series of tweets that President Kovind was not invited to the bhoomi pujan of the Ram Mandir at Ayodhya since he comes from a Dalit background.

He claimed that BJP wanted to keep Dalits out of Hindu Temples.

His tweets received 6,000 retweets and comments and 21,000+ likes. After Singh’s tweet, multiple users on Facebook and Twitter also posted similar information.

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FACT CHECK

We fact checked the above claims and found them to be misleading. First, we checked Keshav Maurya’s official twitter account where he had tweeted pictures of himself from the ceremony, thus confirming that he was present during the bhoomi pujan ceremony.

We then checked President Kovind’s twitter account and while he wasn’t present at the ceremony, this was his tweet from the day of the ceremony.

We then did further research about the protocols of such events and found an article from India Today, dated August 4, 2020, that explains the following –

Hence, it can be concluded that AAP MP Sanjay Singh’s tweets regarding the President not being invited for Ram Mandir function on account of his being a Dalit are misleading.

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