After Election Commission announced dates for the upcoming assembly elections in West Bengal, a newspaper clipping started doing rounds on social media claiming that BJP leader Joy Banerjee has said that his party controls the Election Commission.
The headline of the article in Hindi read: “चुनाव आयोग हमारे हाथ में है: बीजेपी नेता”
(Translation: Election Commission is in our hands: BJP leader)
The above post can be found here.
NewsMobile fact-checked the above post and found it to be misleading.
Firstly, on putting the picture through Reverse Image Search along with relevant keywords, we found the same clipping on Twitter uploaded on September 23, 2015.
— Rakesh Sharma (@rakesh_mangoli) September 23, 2015
Further, we found that the incident was covered by NDTV on September 20, 2015. The headline of the report read, “Election Commission is in our hands, BJP leader”. (Translated)
We also found a video by India Today on YouTube published on September 21, 2015. The title of the video read, “Election Commission Is In Our Grip: BJP’s Joy Banerjee”.
In conclusion, upon analysing our findings, it is safe to say that an old statement made by BJP leader Joy Banerjee is being shared as a recent one.
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