Fact Check: Uma Bharti called PM Modi 'Vinash Purush'? What is the truth of this viral video

Ananya Shroff
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New Delhi : BJP has set a target of crossing 400 in the 2024 general elections. To achieve this target, the entire party including PM Modi is putting in all its strength. Meanwhile, an old video of Uma Bharti is going viral on social media. In which she is seen targeting Prime Minister Narendra Modi. In the video, Uma Bharti is seen calling PM Modi 'Vinash Purush'. Users are re-sharing this old video during the 2024 elections. Posting the video on X the user ,Archive Links) wrote that 'Former BJP Chief Minister Uma Bharti has opened Modi's Lalbahi account.'

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BOOM's fact check revealed that the video is 13 years old. When she targeted Narendra Modi, she was not a member of the BJP. She had been expelled from the party.

to viral video Here An archived version of the post can also be viewed Here can be reached.

What is in the viral video?

In this two-minute video, former MP CM Uma Bharti says that sadhus and women are being murdered, rapists are roaming freely on the streets. Then Narendra Modi wanted to make Hindutva and development agenda his agenda. I believe that Narendra Modi is not a 'Vikas Purush', but a 'Vinash Purush'. He has ruined Gujarat. In the rest of the video, Uma Bharti is heard reprimanding Narendra Modi and his Gujarat development model.

Fact Check

A similar clip was released by the Indian National Congress party on 17 April 2014, a few days before the announcement of the assembly election results.

(A similar video was published on YouTube on April 17, 2014.)

While the Congress admitted that the video was very old, not even from 2014. The party claimed that the video proves that many leaders within the BJP see their then prime ministerial candidate (Modi) as a dictator.

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After this, Uma Bharti had lodged a complaint with the Election Commission of India regarding the entire episode. Uma Bharti had told the media that this video is from the time when she was not a part of the Bharatiya Janata Party. It is not clear when the video was shot. Uma Bharti was expelled from the BJP in 2005, after which she started her own political organization Bharatiya Janshakti Party. She rejoined the party in 2011 and was elected from Jhansi seat in 2014. According to reports, Uma Bharti had written a letter to party president Amit Shah saying that she would not contest the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.

What is the truth behind the viral video?

BOOM found that the viral video is about 13 years old and has no connection with the recent Lok Sabha elections. To find out the truth of the viral video, we searched keywords related to Uma Bharti's statement calling PM Modi 'vinash purush' on Google. Through this, we found several media reports from the year 2014. News of April 17, 2014 ABP News This video can be seen in a video report. According to this report, Congress had released this old video of Uma Bharti during the 2014 Lok Sabha elections. Till today Referring to this CD, a report released by the Congress said that Uma Bharti had termed PM Modi's Gujarat model claims as 'hypocrisy' and called him a 'destruction man'. NDTV The report said that after the Congress released this video, Uma Bharti had also filed a complaint with the Election Commission. She had clarified to the media that she was not a part of the Bharatiya Janata Party at that time. This video had earlier gone viral in 2019 with similar misleading claims. BOOM had investigated it then too.


BOOM's investigation revealed that this video of BJP leader Uma Bharti is quite old. It is being re-shared on social media in the wrong context. At the time when this video was made, Uma Bharti was not a member of the party. She was expelled from the party. In such a situation, the claim being made with the viral video on social media is completely fake.

(This story was originally published in 1998) BoomAnd republished by NBT as part of Shakti Collective.)

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