Congress uses old video to target PM Modi’s Jaipur rally; BJP calls it ‘self goal’

New Delhi: The Congress was at the receiving end of BJP’s attack after it posted an old video in an attempt to target Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s rally in Jaipur on Saturday.

As per fact-checking website Boom, the video posted on Sunday, where protesters can be heard railing against Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje, actually belonged to another event at least five months ago.

In response to Congress’ gaffe, BJP’s IT in-charge Amit Malviya took to Twitter and said “Congress scores a self goal (as always) on Twitter. Claims a 5 month old video is from the prime minister’s rally in Jaipur on Saturday.”

To which, Congress’s social media in-charge Divya Spandana said that content was real while admitting that her party made a mistake.

Earlier on Saturday, the Congress and Spandana had tweeted the video suggesting that PM Modi’s rally, said to be the informal launch of the BJP’s campaign for the Rajasthan assembly elections later this year, faced anger and discontent from people.

The video was eventually shared on social media by many leaders and supporters of Congress in attempt to corner BJP. The Congress also alleged that they were being blocked by Facebook from uploading the video.

After the error was pointed out, Spandana offered an apology of sorts. “Apologies: apparently this video is from March and not yesterday…gosh Rajasthan BJP lost it that long back?? (sic),” she tweeted.

This video comes at a time when debate on fake videos, circulated on social media and instant messaging apps, are on a rise in India.