Viral video shows Chandrababu Naidu criticising Prime Minister Modi. A fact check

After the results of the 2024 Lok Sabha and Andhra Pradesh assembly elections were announced, a video (here and here) in which Telugu Desam Party leader Chandrababu Naidu criticises Narendra Modi is doing the rounds on social media.

In the viral video, Chandrababu Naidu is seen talking to NDTV senior journalist Sreenivasan Jain and saying that his party has worked with Modi in the past for political reasons. He also says, “All leaders are better than Narendra Modi” and “After the elections, the prime ministers were elected.” We check this claim for veracity in this article.

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An archived version can be found here.

Claim: NDTV Newsbyte of Chandrababu Naidu criticising Narendra Modi after the victory of TDP-JNP-BJP alliance in 2024 general elections.

Fact: This clip is from February 2019, when Chandrababu Naidu spoke to NDTV during a dharna in New Delhi to demand special status for Andhra Pradesh. Speaking to the media after his victory in the 2024 Assembly and Lok Sabha elections, Naidu said, “We are in the NDA; I am going to an NDA meeting. In due course of time, we will tell you everything.” Therefore, the claim made in the post is Misleading.

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First, a quick internet search using relevant keywords revealed that the viral video was a short excerpt from a nearly 13-minute video report that NDTV had published on YouTube in February 2019.

This was a report on a protest rally called ‘Dharma Porata Deeksha’ (here, here and here) held by Chandrababu Naidu in New Delhi in 2019 demanding special status for Andhra Pradesh.

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The clip in the viral video can be seen from minute 7:02. This makes it clear that a video taken before the 2024 Lok Sabha elections is being shared as a recent video of Naidu criticising Modi.

After the Telugu Desam Party-Janasena-BJP alliance won the 2024 general elections, Chandrababu Naidu held a press conference on June 5, 2024, which was streamed on the official YouTube channel of the TDP. In this press conference, Naidu said that he wanted to meet the media and thank the people of AP for giving a clear mandate to the alliance before leaving for a meeting in New Delhi. At around 21:29 in the video, he says, “We are in the NDA, I am going to an NDA meeting. In due course of time… we will report to you whatever.” This contradicts the viral claim.

In conclusion, an old video from 2019 is being passed off as Chandrababu Naidu criticising Narendra Modi after the TDP-JNP-BJP alliance won the 2024 assembly elections and the 2024 Lok Sabha elections in Andhra Pradesh.

(This story was originally published by Facts and republished by NDTV as part of the Shakti Collective.)

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