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Fact Check: 2012 Post Of Hamid Ansari-Mayawati Squabble Viral With Misleading Claims 

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A video circulating on social media purportedly captures Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati expressing her frustration to former Vice President and Rajya Sabha Chairman Hamid Ansari regarding the House’s inactivity afternoon due to his ‘namaz’ offerings. 

The video is shared on Facebook with a caption: “चौंका देने वाली बात. कांग्रेस ने हामिद अंसारी को उप-राष्ट्रपति बनाया….श्रीमान राज्यसभा के चेयरमैन भी थे वो हर रोज़ 12:00 बजे राज्यसभा की कार्यवाही बंद करके मस्जिद में नमाज पढ़ने और तक़रीर करने चले जाते थे इससे तंग आकर बहन मायावती जी ने उनसे सीधा सवाल पूछा तो गिरयाने लगे उस वक्त गोदी मीडिया में बैठे रबीश,बरखा, राजदीप और इनके जैसे लोगों ने चूँ तक नहीं की..सब ब्लैकआउट ! ऊपर से हामिद अंसारी जी ने मायावती जी के इस सवाल को लोकसभा/राज्यसभा TV में सीधा प्रसारण करने से भी रोक दिया गया था”

(English translation: Shocking thing. Congress made Hamid Ansari Vice President…. Mr. Rajya Sabha Chairman was also They used to stop the proceedings of the Rajya Sabha every day at noon and go to the mosque to offer namaz and speech. Fed up with this, Mayawati ji asked him directly question, she started falling at that time, people like Rabish, Barkha, Rajdeep and them sitting in Godi media did not even touch them.. All black out ! Above that Hamid Ansari ji had also stopped telecasting this question of Mayawati ji live in Lok Sabha / Rajya Sabha TV)

Here’s the link to the above post

FACT CHECK 

NewsMobile fact-checked the above claim, and found it to be MISLEADING.

Searching with keywords, our team found that the video is from the winter session of 2012, when Hamid Ansari served as Chairman of the Rajya Sabha under the UPA regime. In the video, dated December 12, 2012, Mayawati’s complete statement reads: “The House is not functioning daily after midnight. You are the Chairman of the House. You leave every day at noon, and the House is not functioning. Who will make arrangements for it?” In response, Hamid Ansari stated that the question hour was ongoing and asked Mayawati to sit down. It’s worth noting that Mayawati did not mention namaz in her statement.

On February 4, 2024, the official Instagram account of the BSP posted a segment of this video featuring Mayawati. Subsequently, the video gained traction on social media platforms, leading to accusations against Hamid Ansari and Congress Party of being pro-Islam. 

According to reports, in December 2012, the issue of SC-ST reservation for promotion in government jobs was contentious. However, due to the disruptions in Parliament, the topic could not be debated. Mayawati was reportedly frustrated as she desired to address this issue in the House but was not allowed to do so.

On the same day, while speaking to journalists outside Parliament, Mayawati herself clarified the reason behind her frustration. She explained that at noon, Chairman Hamid Ansari would leave the House, and the Deputy Chairman would take over. However, this transition disrupted the discussion on the reservation bill regarding promotions. Mayawati emphasised that it was the responsibility of both the government and the Rajya Sabha Chairman to ensure the proper functioning of the House.

Following the viral spread of this video, Times Of BSP provided clarification on the incident.

Thus, it is confirmed that a 12-year-old video of an argument between Hamid Ansari and Mayawati is shared with MISLEADING claims. 

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