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News Claim: A video termed as rare of viral of ex-Prime Minister Morarji Desai, playing Dandiya is viral on social media.

Ex. Prime Minister of India played Garba at Bhadeli Valsad in the year 1962 MR. Morarji Desai

Ex. Prime Minister of India played Garba at Bhadeli Valsad in the year 1962 MR. Morarji Desai. A rare video...


Facts Check: False

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Facts Check Analysis The video shared on social media is not ex-prime Minister of India, MR. Morarji Desai, but Late Kunvarji Lodaya and his brother Murji Lodaya, businessmen from Gujarat.

We found the video viral since 2018 and has been widely shared.
News published on deshgujarat, on Oct 22, 2018, titled as, “Raas dance video viral in name of Morarji Desai is fake; it hasn’t Morarji Desai in it”

It is claimed that a person playing Dandiya with Gandhi topi headgear in the video is former Prime Minister Morarji Desai. It is also claimed that the video is from Bhadeli village of South Gujarat from the year 1962.

DeshGujarat contacted Morarji Desai’s great-grandson Madhukeshwar Desai, who after watching this video confirmed this is not Morarji Desai.  Apart from other things, he observed that Morarjibhai would always wear Chudidar. And it’s not just about the dress. Height, body structure, complexion everything is different than how Morarji Desai looked.

Meanwhile, it is learned that this video is a personal marriage ceremony in Mumbai (1994). Late Kunvarji Narshi Lodaya (incorrectly referred as Morarji Desai in social media) was from Kothara, Kutch (resided in Ghatkopar, Mumbai) and his brother Mulji Narshi Shah (Age 83, currently residing in Malad, Mumbai) played a unique type of Dandiya dance pattern known as ‘Dhamal’.

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