Fact Check: 2018 Video of Tejashwi Yadav Dancing With Brother Goes Viral with Misleading Claims

Nitish Kumar took oath as Bihar’s Chief Minister for eighth time on August 10, 2022, after resigning as the CM and ending his alliance with BJP a day before. Kumar formed a Mahagathbandhan with RJD and Congress, making Tejashwi Yadav of RJD as his deputy. 

Against this backdrop, a video of Tejashwi Yadav dancing with his brother Tej Pratap Yadav is being shared on social media, claiming that it was shot after he (Tejashwi Yadav) sworn in as Deputy CM of Bihar. 

A Facebook user posted the viral video with a caption: “देख रहे हो विनोद बिहार मे सरकार गिराने के बाद दोनो भाई कैसे मस्ती मे नाच रहे है” (English translation: Are you watching Vinod how both brothers are dancing after toppling the government in Bihar.)

You can watch the video here.

FACT CHECK

NewsMobile fact-checked the viral video, and found it to be misleading. 

Running a Google Keyword Search with relevant keywords, we found a video, posted by ABP Ananda, with a title: Tej Pratap Yadav performs fiercely dance with brother, dated May 12, 2018. 

The video keyframes match precisely with the viral video, indicating that the 15-second viral video is a clipping of the original video. Channels like OneIndia Hindi, Newscode Jharkhand, and NDTV, posted the video on their YouTube channels in 2018. 

Searching further, we found a May 12, 2018 news report on the official YouTube channel of Zee Bihar Jharkhand. The title of the video reads Tej pratap wedding: Tejashwi Yadav Dance with Tej Pratap Yadav and the description further adds that Tejashwi danced along with his elder brother Tej Pratap on Bhojpuri songs on the occasion of the latter’s wedding. 

A tweet, posted by Tejashwi on his official Twitter handle, also contains the same video, thereby confirming that the video is not recent. The exact video was found on his verified Facebook handle as well. 

Therefore, we can conclusively say that the viral video, claiming Tejashwi Yadav danced with his brother Tej Pratap Yadav after toppling the BJP-JDU alliance government, is misleading.

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