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Fact Check: Viral Post, Showing Nitish Kumar’s Padyatra Demanding Special Status For Bihar, Dates Back To 2014


A video of Bihar Chief Minister and Janata Dal (United) [JD-U] chief Nitish Kumar marching is widely circulating on social media. Many users claim that the Bihar CM led a march demanding special status for Bihar.

A Facebook user posted the video with a caption: बिहार को विशेष राज्य का दर्जा देने के लिए सीएम नीतीश कुमार ने पैदल मार्च निकाला है! लालू यादव की कही गई बात का असर होने लगा है!! अगस्त भी आने वाला है!! #bihar #nitishkumar #laluyadavspeech (English translation: CM Nitish Kumar has taken out a ‘padyatra’ to demand special state status for Bihar. What Lalu Yadav said is starting to have an impact!! August is also coming!!)

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

Putting the video keyframes through Reverse Image Search, the NM team found the original video posted on ABP News’ YouTube channel. The video was originally uploaded on March 2, 2014, with a title: “Nitish Kumar marches to Gandhi Maidan demanding ‘special status’ for Bihar.”

As per the video report, the Bihar CM marched to Gandhi Maidan demanding ‘special status’ for Bihar.

We also found another video posted on India TV’s YouTube channel, dated March 2, 2014, with a title: “Nitish Kumar walks 7 km from home to Gandhi Maidan to sit on dharna near Gandhi statue.” In the video, the Bihar CM can be seen marching and talking to a reporter about the demands for special status for Bihar.

Thus, it is evident that the video of Nitish Kumar marching to demand special status for Bihar is old. Therefore, the claim is False.

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