The video was shared by several Twitter handles in the last couple of days. These tweets were then deleted by the users. The screenshots of these will be shown in the slideshow below, and the archive links are as follows (1,2,3,4,5). The video has gone viral with the same claim. [gallery type="slideshow" size="large" ids="149179,149180,149181,149182,149183"]
बहुत खुशी की बात है कि छत्तीसगढ़ में आलू से सोना बनना शुरू गया है । 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣😂😭🤪 pic.twitter.com/gJx8BBI7s7— राष्ट्रवादी 🇮🇳 🚩सनातनी🚩HiNdU (@HiNdU05019434) February 26, 2023
Fact CheckBy using relevant keywords on YouTube, Alt News found a video report by The Indian Express containing the viral video. In this video, we can see CM Bhupesh Baghel greeting the attendees with some garlands. [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YPNfbRJJUxs?controls=0] To fact-check the claim of these being gold chains, Alt News reached out to Congress leader and national executive member of AICC Manish Khanduri. Khanduri was at the convention and described these garlands as being handcrafts made by native tribes using special leaves. He added that these claims were 'nonsensical'. Alt News found a news report from Navbharat Times, which contained details about the garlands that were used to welcome Congress leaders. According to this report, these were made of bamboo trees in the tribal areas of Bastar in the Kankor district, in the forests of Abhujmarh. Somesh Patel, a journalist at Navbharat Times shared a video on Twitter, where CM Bhupesh Baghel could be seen addressing the speculation about the garlands. He said that these were made by tribals using special kinds of leaves and grass. He added that garlands made with flowers were very common and hence he wanted to welcome delegates using special garlands made by indigenous tribes.