Amidst the ongoing rebel crisis in the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government, a claim of Maharashtra's Cabinet Minister Aaditya Thackerey removing his ministerial position from his Twitter bio has gone viral. This comes a day after many news outlets falsely reported that Shiv Sena leader and rebel Eknath Shinde removed the party's name from his Twitter bio when he never had it in the first place.
This alleged 'move' by Aaditya Thackerey is being given a lot of importance amidst the rebellion, headed by MLA Eknath Shinde, that the Shiv Sena is facing among its party leaders, 46 of whom have allegedly sided with Shinde for the party to side with BJP again. Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut also hinted at the dissolution of the Maharashtra State Assembly with a tweet posted on the morning of June 22, 2022.
News reports and journalists have called this a 'big development' and a 'political crisis'. News websites like Financial Express, Zee News, The Economic Times, Pune Mirror, News18 and Organiser among others, have shared this claim, along with political leaders like Suresh Nakhua, and journalists including Ali Shaikh, Mayank Bhagwat, Vinay Pande, and Pramod K Singh, etc.
@ShivSena leader @AUThackeray has removed Maharashtra Government from his official Twitter handle bio amidst #MaharashtraPoliticalCrisis— Pune Mirror (@ThePuneMirror) June 22, 2022
More details awaited. #AadityaThackeray #EknathShinde #UddhavThackeray #Shivsena #ShivsenaMLA #SharadPawar pic.twitter.com/gYID8a2bxi
Maharashtra Cabinet minister Aaditya Thackerey removed his ministerial position from his Twitter bio about political turmoil in the state.
The Logical Indian Fact Check Team verified the viral claim and found it to be false.
Currently, Maharashtra's Cabinet Minister of Tourism and Environment, Aaditya Thackeray's Twitter bio reads, "Voicing the Youth, Poems and Photography: Passion. President, Yuva Sena. President- Mumbai District Football Association Instagram: adityathackeray".
To check if he has changed it, we went to Wayback Machine, which is a repository or digital archive of webpages on the World Wide Web, which was set up by the Internet Archive, a nonprofit organisation.
When we searched his Twitter profile, we found that it was archived 364 times between August 21, 2014, and June 22, 2022. It had a considerably higher number of archives after he was sworn in as the Cabinet Minister for the Maharashtra Government in March 2020.
We checked all the archives from March 2020 to June 2022 to check if he had added his position of Minister or anything similar to his bio on Twitter. But we found that it has been exactly the same, word-to-word, since March 2020, and even before he was sworn in, with no change at all.
The links for various archives from 2020 (March, April, May…), 2021 (February, March, April….October, November, December) and 2022 (April, June) can be found here, along with archives of 2019, 2018, and 2017.
Priyanka Chaturvedi, another Shiv Sena leader also pointed out the misconception through a tweet.
He did not have his minister status ever on his Twitter bio. Fact check. https://t.co/ovAJsV0m0j— Priyanka Chaturvedi🇮🇳 (@priyankac19) June 22, 2022
The Logical Indian Fact Check Team verified the viral claim and found it to be false. Maharashtra Cabinet Minister Aaditya Thackerey never had his Cabinet ministerial position mentioned in his bio, so the claim about him removing it amid the crisis is false.
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