India Today’s opinion poll numbers of UP are shared with an altered fake poster!

Claim

Bookmark my tweet BJP will not cross 45 seats in UP. Nobody can predict Uttar Pradesh in 2009 same UP rejected Caste & religious politics and gave us (Congress) 21 seats. This time INDIA alliance going to change the wave & results too

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Explanation

With the Lok Sabha elections quickly approaching, plenty of pictures and videos featuring various predictions and claims against both parties are making the rounds on social media.

Here, we see a poster shared by a n X user that has the logo of “India Today” on it. A table titled “Projected seat share – Uttar Pradesh(80)” is displayed on the poster. Additionally, it compares the Lok Sabha numbers for 2019 with the projections for 2024. This post is shared with a caption, “Bookmark my tweet BJP will not cross 45 seats in UP Nobody can predict Uttar Pradesh in 2009 same UP rejected Caste & religious politics and gave us (Congress) 21 seats. This time INDIA alliance going to change the wave & results too.” Come on, let’s check if the viral poster claim is true.

What’s the truth?

We began the analysis by using the poster’s “India Today” logo as a hint. Next, we conducted a reverse image search on Google using pertinent keywords, which brought up the India Today original YouTube video.

The video is captioned, “Mood Of The Nation Poll Predicts BJP Dominance In Uttar Pradesh” and was premiered on February 8, 2024. Also, the video was lengthy with a runtime of 18 minutes and 1 second. While we heard the whole video we learnt that the viral portion comes around the timestamp of 14 minutes and 25 seconds. When we compared the numbers in the original video with the viral image, we understood that the viral poster in circulation had been altered.

The BJP was predicted to receive 70 seats in Uttar Pradesh in the original projection, but 52 seats were given in the phony one. When it comes to the numbers of Congress, we can observe that, although it was originally projected to be 1, it is now altered to 5. Furthermore, the SP’s original numbers are 7, but the altered poster shows 17. Similarly, the BSP has been changed to 3 instead of 0 as it was in the original. Finally, we notice that others are represented as 0 in the original and 1 in the fake claim.

Moreover, we have also attached the comparison image of the original projection and the viral poster for the reader’s reference below.

This unequivocally confirms that social media users have digitally altered and circulated the viral image poster of India Today’s opinion polls with false information.

Conclusion:

Therefore, we conclude that the widely circulated image claimed to be the projection of winning seats of political parties in the upcoming elections in Uttar Pradesh is actually a photoshopped picture.

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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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