Eyeing Maha CM chair, Aditya Thackeray visits Ajmer Sharif?… Decoding the truth of viral claim
News which went viral
Even as Shiv Sena plays hardball with its alliance partner BJP for government formation in Maharashtra, photos and videos of Aditya Thackeray are going viral on the social media. In the viral clip, it is being claimed that the Sena leader recently visited Ajmer Sharif where he offered prayers for becoming Maharashtra Chief Minister.
How it impacted social media
Owing to such surprising claim, it got widely circulated on Facebook and Twitter and is being shared furiously on social media. Some users called it a ‘shameful act’ of Shiv Sainiks while others derided it for ‘losing faith’ in Siddhivinayak temple.
शिवसेना के युवराज आदित्य ठाकरे अपने परिवार में पहली बार जनता के द्वारा चुनकर विधायक बनने के बाद ख्वाजा मोइनुद्दीन चिश्ती की मजार अजमेर शरीफ में मत्था टेकने पहुंचे!
— 🇮🇳Aarushi Rawat🇮🇳 (@AarushiRawat_) October 28, 2019
What is the fact?
The fact is that BJP and Shiv Sena alliance got clear mandate from the electorate but were unable government as they got engaged in prolonged verbal duel over CM candidature.
Shiv Sena is insisting on following 50-50 formula as agreed before polls but BJP categorically rejects this, saying that no such agreement was inked or agreed upon between the two coalition partners.
While the two parties are engaged in hard bargain over govt formation, the photos and video of Aditya Thackeray started trending on Twitter/Facebook.
However, there is no truth in it as these photos are months old – clicked in June this year.
युवा सेना के राष्ट्रीय अध्यक्ष और शिवसेना प्रमुख उद्धव ठाकरे के पुत्र आदित्य ठाकरे ने अजमेर शरीफ पहुँच कर दरगाह पर चादर पेश कीं और अमन चैन की दुआ माँगी । pic.twitter.com/JfJ2s7lzDe
— गौरव सोनी khargone (@gouravsonikharg) June 8, 2019
On doing reverse image research, we concluded that the photos landed on media platforms in June this year. Apart from India TV, a local YouTube channel also ran this video clip. On Twitter, this was tweeted by a Twitter handle named Garav Soni on June 9.
Truth or Rumour
It is true that Shiv Sena leader Aditya Thackeray visited Ajmer Sharif shrine before the Maharashtra Assembly elections. But, the ‘CM spin’ given to it is misleading and wrong. He didn’t visit the Dargah after elections.