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Video of illegal voting from West Bengal is shared as a recent one from Gujarat

Claim

Bogus voting has started

Buy such cheaters and collect the jail

The video is from Varachha area

Where are the polling booths? The investigation is on

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Explanation

The first phase of the election was held yesterday (1, December 2022) in Gujarat and the second phase will be on 5, December 2022. Meanwhile, a video clip is viral on social media since yesterday with the claim that it is bogus voting in the Varachha area in Gujarat. Similar claims can be seen here, here and here.

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What is the truth?

Youturn has written an article on the viral video on 11, March 2022 mentioning that it was captured in West Bengal.

The video was also published on the ‘TV 9 Bangla Live’ Youtube channel on 27, February 2022 with the title ‘WB Municipal Election 2022’.

The tweets dated 28, February 2022 from the Twitter account ‘Bengal Congress – New Generation’ and the verified account of ‘West Bengal Congress’ are found carrying the picture from the viral video with the hashtag ‘TMC loots vote’ and captioned as ‘See how Chappa is voting! The state’s democracy is in danger today. Let’s raise our voice together against it.’

With further searching, the ‘BJP Bengal’ Twitter account having the viral video posted on 27, February 2022 is found.

The same visuals are found in the ‘Khabor 24*7’ article dated 27, February 2022 with the title roughly translated as ‘Chappa Voting is going on in Ward No. 33 of South Dum Dum, Photo of Development under Trinamool Voting in Bengal’.

The Facebook page ‘CPIM West Bengal’ published the viral video on 27, February 2022 with the caption (roughly translated) ‘Voting for the development of South Dum Dum Municipality is going on. Booth No. 108, Ward No. 33. # Let the commission’.

Conclusion

A video taken during the West Bengal Municipality election in February 2022 is shared as a recent video from the Gujarat election that was held yesterday.

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