Major Surendra Poonia recently shared a 30-second video and wrote, “Why doesn’t Arvind Kejriwal listen to Manish Sisodia? #AdManKejriwal.”
In this clip, Sisodia can be heard saying, “They run full-page ads in newspapers all over the country. Every day there are a handful of ads in numerous newspapers. Had they spent this money on procuring vaccines, it would have been enough to cover the whole country. I want to emphasize that the public needs vaccines, not advertisements. And on top of that, they are pressurising officers to continue pushing out advertisements. They aren’t providing vaccines, just printing ads endlessly.” The video shows a newspaper ad featuring Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal as Sisodia speaks.
Facebook page Political Kida, which has been caught sharing false news on multiple occasions, shared the video and accused Kejriwal of “no vaccination, only ads”.
Sisodia Slams Kejriwal For “No Vaccination, only Ads”
Posted by Political Kida on Thursday, June 24, 2021
The video is massively widespread on pro-Modi pages on Facebook.Click to view slideshow.
It is evident the video has been edited due to the number of jump cuts that appear. Alt News discovered that the original video pertains to a June 21 press conference addressed by Manish Sisodia where he was criticising the centre’s vaccination efforts. He also tweeted a video of the occasion.
Addressing an important Press Conference | LIVE https://t.co/CCdbez8UeJ
— Manish Sisodia (@msisodia) June 21, 2021
The portions featured in the viral clip appear after the 5-minute mark. We have highlighted the various parts of the address that have been stitched together to manufacture the edited video.
“Ads by BJP-ruled states are featured in newspapers all across the country. Along with this, the centre has run its own ads separately. However, they all say the same thing, ‘The world’s biggest free vaccination campaign’. The same advertisement has been reprinted by the Uttar Pradesh government across India. And the Uttarakhand government followed suit. Now, the Karnataka government is running such ads in New Delhi. So there aren’t vaccines available across the country, but vaccine-related ads. All the BJP state governments run full-page ads in newspapers all over the country. Every day there are a handful of ads in numerous newspapers. Had they spent this money on procuring vaccines, it would have been enough to cover the whole country. I repeat, they asked the Delhi government, like the Karnataka government, to run the ad too, thanking Mr Modi for the free vaccines. They threatened and pressured our officers to promote their toolkit. I want to emphasize that the public needs vaccines, not advertisements. I request the centre and the prime minister to understand that the country needs vaccines, not ads. Like I said, Delhi needs 2.94 crore vaccines. BJP should be ashamed for administering only 15 lakh vaccines and pressurising officers to run ads. There are no vaccines, only ads. Right now, Delhi needs 2.3 crore vaccines. Please procure these for us in the next two months. On behalf of the Delhi government, I assure you that we will run ads thanking you for your efforts. They aren’t providing vaccines, just printing ads endlessly. We need vaccines, Mr Modi. How can we thank you when we don’t have vaccines?”
The Aam Aadmi Party Twitter handle had also shared the video.
— AAP (@AamAadmiParty) June 21, 2021
Apart from the misinformation on vaccines, the viral video also carries a poster that appears at the 0:18 mark.
This is a morphed poster previously fact-checked by Alt News. An old poster on the redevelopment of Rohtak Road was morphed to show Kejriwal congratulating Delhi and the construction of a speed breaker.
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