Ahead of Jasdan by-election in Gujarat, a message is being circulated on various social media platforms which claim a casteist remark by Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani.
The message is in a TV9 Gujarati breaking news frame which quotes Gujarat CM Vijay Rupani to be saying, “Do not teach us whom to ask for votes. We do not need the votes of the Kshatriya and Koli communities.” The message is being circulated ahead of Jasdan by-polls which are scheduled to take place on 20th December.
The by-elections are scheduled after former sitting Congress MLA of Jasdan, Kunvarji Bavaliya resigned from the Assembly on 2nd July and switched sides to the ruling BJP.
However, TV9 has clarified that such a news is fake news and they have not reported Vijay Rupani saying these things.
આ સમાચાર ખોટાં છે. કેટલાંક અસમાજિક તત્વો દ્વારા Tv9 ગુજરાતીના લોગોનો દુરઉપયોગ કરી ખોટાં સમાચાર/ ફેક ન્યૂઝ મુક્યા છે.
Tv9 દ્વારા આ પ્રકારના કોઈ પણ સમાચાર ચલાવવામાં આવ્યા નથી. જેની નોંધ લેશો #FakeNews #TV9News pic.twitter.com/OzF7PcH5it
— Tv9 Gujarati (@tv9gujarati) December 9, 2018
Jasdan is a former princely state with significant Kshatriya population.