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PM Modi terminated BCCI secretary Jay Shah from service for not hoisting the Tricolor.

PM Modi's video of writing a message in the visitor's book of Sant Ravidas temple has been wrongly shared showing him as signing a termination letter.


Context:

Following India’s victory over Pakistan in an Asia Cup match on August 28, 2022, a video went viral all around the internet showing Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) secretary Jay Shah saying no to hoisting the national flag. Meanwhile, another video in this context is going viral where Prime Minster Narendra Modi can be seen writing something in a notebook. Twitter verified user Vinay Kumar Dokania, who is the national co-coordinator @INCIndia social media team, shared this video on the internet claiming that PM Modi was signing the letter of termination of Jay Shah from BCCI. 

In fact:

By conducting a reverse search of the screenshots taken from the video, we found an identical video posted by the news organization Republic World on February 17, 2022. The video description stated that before his public rally in Pathankot, PM Modi paid a visit to Shri Guru Ravidas Vishram Dham Mandir in Delhi's Karol Bagh area and further offered prayers on the occasion of Ravidas Jayanti. 

In a video, a Republic TV correspondent, who was present in Karol Bagh at the time of the event, confirmed that PM Modi had written his remarks in the visitors' book of the temple. Even India Today published an article reporting that Modi wrote, "Had the opportunity to bow my head at this holy place of Sant Ravidas ji on the occasion of his birth anniversary. I felt gratitude by taking his blessings on this special day," in the visitor's book. Thus the claim made with the viral video is inaccurate. Modi had shared a congratulatory message in the visitor's book on the occasion of Ravidas Ji's birth anniversary.

While opposition leaders had called out Jay Shah for declining an offer to wave the national flag, it was made clear later he did not insult the Tricolour. Logically published a reporting detailing how Shah’s actions did not amount to insulting the national flag and that he was only following the protocol as a member of the Asia Cricket Council.

The verdict:

The viral video is from PM Modi’s visit to Sant Ravidas Temple in Delhi. Also, the clip is from February and not from recent times. Hence, we have marked this claim as false.

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