Did Modi support the Ballot vote system? No, the video is clipped and shared with false narratives!

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Listen… This gentleman is accidentally speaking the truth…

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Explanation

In the 23-second video, we see Prime Narendra Modi addressing the people. We also notice that the podium where he stands and makes his speech shows Parivarthan Mehrauli on 3rd December 2016 written on the orange banner. In the video, Modi is heard saying, “Even in educated countries in the world today when an election takes place, ballot papers are used and people read their names and then put a stamp. Even in America.”

This post is shared with a claim stating, “Listen, this gentleman is accidentally speaking the truth.” You can view related posts with similar claims here, here, and here.

What’s the truth?

The video features PM Modi’s speech at the Parivartan rally, which took place in Moradabad, Uttar Pradesh, on December 3, 2016. The whole video is live streamed by the ‘Narendra Modi’ YouTube channel on 03 December 2016.

In the video, we can see him delivering a speech to the public ahead of Uttar Pradesh’s 2017 Assembly elections. He spoke about the constructive work his government and party had done for the populace. While listening carefully around 55:08 timestamp we can hear him saying, “Some people say our country is poor, our people are uneducated that they don’t know anything. Brothers and sisters, when an election takes place in educated countries, ballot papers are still used for elections even today. There, the voters read the names on ballot papers and then put a stamp on them. This thing happens even in a country like America. In India, the people who they call uneducated will cast their votes by pressing buttons.”

Likewise, when we advanced our search, we got an article published by the NDTV addressing the highlights of Modi’s speech during the Parivartan Rally in Moradabad, Uttar Pradesh. They listed all the significant details of the speech in proper points for easy understanding. While reading through, the article, we can understand that Modi has praised India’s advanced application of EVM technology in Elections.

He went on to add, “You have a phone, then your phone is your wallet. You don’t need to withdraw money from ATMs. You can buy what you want from the money in your account through your phone.”

We don’t hear him advocating for paper ballots over electronic voting machines anywhere in his speech. All of this clarifies that the widely shared viral video has been edited and misrepresented.

Conclusion:

Thus, we conclude that the widely shared video, which purports to show Modi’s support for voting on paper ballots, is wholly untrue and deceptive. Despite what the viral claim implies, he actually valued the cutting-edge EVM technology.

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Indu Meenakshi

Indu Meenakshi is a former Microbiologist-turned-journalist, works as a Sub-Editor at YouTurn. She additionally holds Master’s in Management and English Literature. As a fact-checker, her job entails actively dispelling false information found online, exposing fake news, and raising public awareness.
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