A video of a man praising PM Narendra Modi is doing rounds on the internet. It is being claimed that the person in the video is Congress MLA Anil Upadhyay.
A Facebook user shared the post with a caption, ‘*कांग्रेस विधायक *अनिल उपाध्याय* अनजाने में कह गया पर सही बोल दिया**इस video को इतना वायरल करो कि ये पूरा हिन्दुस्तान देख सके..*’
(Translation- Congress MLA Anil Upadhyay unknowingly said the right thing. Make this video so viral that it reaches the entire country)
We fact-checked the above post and found that the claim is fake.
On watching the video carefully, we heard the person being addressed as ‘Pandey Ji’.
With that information, we ran a Reverse Image Search on the picture along with some keywords and found the same video posted on Facebook by a user, Mohan Chandra Pandey, posted on December 17, 2019.
NewsMobile then reached out to Pandey who confirmed that the person in the picture praising PM Modi is, in fact, him. He confirmed that he is not a Congress MLA but a sales manager in a private firm and a supporter of PM Modi.
Further, we found that a tweet in which Republic Bharat had mistakenly shown him as Congress leader Anil Upadhyay. In his tweet, he had clarified that the person in the video is him. He also mentioned that he is a fan of Modi.
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We then searched for ‘Anil Upadhyay’ on the ‘My Neta’ website and found that there is no Congress MLA with the name ‘Anil Upadhyay’.
A scan of the My Neta database shows two results – a BSP leader from Jodhpur who contested the 2018 Rajasthan elections besides an Independent candidate from Lucknow who contested Uttar Pradesh assembly elections twice – in 2007 and 2012.
Earlier, NewsMobile had also debunked several different videos that were also circulation in the name of Anil Upadhyay.
Hence, based on the above information, we can say that the person in the video is Mohan Chandra Pandey and not Congress MLA Anil Upadhyay.
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