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.
भाजपा की पूरी फ़ौज़ मुझसे नाराज़ है मैंने तो सिर्फ इतना पूछा महामहिम राष्ट्रपति जी को भूमि पूजन में क्यो नही बुलाया? भाजपा के मन में चोर था, प्रसाद दलित को भेजने की नौटंकी क्यो?प्रसाद भेजने का ड्रामा लेकिन मंदिर प्रवेश पर रोक।
“Anti Dalit BJP” pic.twitter.com/g2j25i2ytG
— Sanjay Singh AAP (@SanjayAzadSln) August 8, 2020
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.
Then why keshav maurya was invited? He is also dalit .
— prajwalshahu (@shahu_prajwal) August 8, 2020
Xactly first prasad was given to dalit, but keshav maurya was not invited. This is the fact.
Why #president_of_india was not in bhoomi poojan.
— Chowdhary sibte hasan (@ChowdharyHasan) August 8, 2020
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.
मर्यादा पुरुषोत्तम राम जी के आशीर्वाद से शिलान्यास के पवित्र अवसर पर उपस्थित रहने का सुअवसर मिला।राम नाम जीने वाले पूज्य श्री अशोक सिंहल के साथ करोड़ों राम भक्तों के संकल्प को पूरा होते देखा!
सियावर रामचंद्र की जय! pic.twitter.com/DeUCA8zvWO
— Keshav Prasad Maurya (@kpmaurya1) August 8, 2020
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.
Felicitations to all for the foundation laying of Ram Temple in Ayodhya. Being built in tune with law, it defines India’s spirit of social harmony and people’s zeal. It will be a testimony to ideals of RamRajya and a symbol of modern India.
— President of India (@rashtrapatibhvn) August 5, 2020
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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