Amidst the political crisis in Maharashtra, a video of Shiv Sena leader Eknath Shinde, who is the head of the current rebellion, is going viral on social media with claims that he was drunk at the Surat airport.
The political state of Maharashtra, with a majority of Shiv Sena leaders joining the rebellion, is also crashing and plunging down further. The rebel leaders are still in Guwahati and delaying their return to Maharashtra. The video shows Shinde looking dazed and unable to speak, appearing as if he was intoxicated, and is being shared with the caption, "Rebel Shiv Sena leader Shinde. Was drunk on power or just drunk?"
Prominent and verified accounts like Prashant Bhushan, Swati Chaturvedi, and Pravina M Morajkar have shared the video snippet too, with similar claims, along with it going viral on Facebook and Twitter.
Shiv Sena rebellion leader Eknath Shinde was drunk at Surat airport.
The Logical Indian Fact Check Team verified the viral claim and found it to be misleading.
We first conducted a keyword search including the visible logo of 'MH04 Media' and 'Eknath Shinde', but the original video wasn't available on their Facebook page anymore, and they didn't have a YouTube channel.
We then keyword searched for the longer version of the video, which led us to a video posted by a Facebook user. The video shows Shinde in the exact location, but talking to the press normally.
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An even longer version of the video was found too, where he is seen interacting with the press.
An ANI video of Shinde, along with other rebel leaders stepping down from the bus, also gave no hint of the alleged intoxication.
We also found ground reports of Shinde at the Surat airport which shows him being completely sober, making us conclude that the viral video snippet was taken out of context.
The Logical Indian Fact Check Team verified the viral claim and found it to be misleading. Eknath Shinde was not drunk at the Surat airport, and the video snippet is taken out of context.
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