Fact Check: This Video Of Protest Against Union Minister Smriti Irani In Varanasi Is OLD

A video where people can be seen protesting against Union Minister Smriti Irani and stopping her convoy is being shared on social media with a claim that it shows her recent ‘welcome’ in Varanasi.

Facebook users shared the video with a Hindi caption, “वाराणसी में हुआ स्मृति ईरानी का हाहाकारी स्वागत, जनता ने बीजेपी विरोधी नारों से नवाजा!”

(English Translation: Smriti Irani received a whopping welcome in Varanasi, people greeted her with anti-BJP slogans!)

Here’s the link to the above post. More posts can be seen here, here, here and here.


NewsMobile fact-checked the post and found it to be Misleading.

We ran a Reverse Image Search on the keyframes of the video along with the keyword search and found that the same video had been uploaded on YouTube in October 2020.

“Smriti Irani convoy stopped by protestors over Hathras issue | Congress workers demand answer,” the video was titled.

The same video was also uploaded by verified YouTube channel NYOOOZ TV on October 3, 2020, with the title, “Congress raises Smriti Irani Murdabad slogans, stop her convoy in protest against Hathras case.”

A report by One India Hindi mentioned that members of Samajwadi Party and Congress protested against Smriti Irani when she reached Varanasi, demanding justice for the Hathras rape victim.

The description of the video read, “Union Minister Smriti Irani arrived in Varanasi on a day-long visit on Saturday (October 3, 2020) where she faced opposition from SP and Congress workers over the Hathras incident. Congress activists stopped Smriti Irani’s convoy. She talked to women Congress workers as activists were shouting Smriti Irani Go Back slogans. Congressmen presented red bangles to the Union Minister.”
Hence, from the above information, it is clear that a video from 2020 is being shared as recent on social media.

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