Fact Check: Did Aam Aadmi Party Use A Derogatory Word In Its Poster? Here’s The Truth

An image of a purported Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) poster has gone viral on social media. The text on the poster reads, “भाजपा को हराना चाहते हैं? तो, झाटू को ही वोट दें” (English translation: want BJP to lose? Vote for jhantu.) Jhantu is a derogatory word.

The image is being shared with a caption that reads, “मोदी जी का विरोध में सब पगला गये है. झाड़ू की जगह झाटू लिख दिया.”

(English translation: Everyone has gone mad while opposing Modi. Instead of jhadu they wrote jhantu.”)

The link to the post can be seen here.


NewsMobile did a fact-check and found the claim to be fake.

On doing a Google Reverse Image Search we found that the same image was shared on Facebook in 2019 during Delhi Assembly elections.

A Facebook user had shared the same image on March 6, 2019.

On increasing the brightness of the image we can see that ‘टू’ has a different shade and a different font.

We found that during 2019 Delhi Elections, AAP election posters read, “भाजपा को हराना चाहते है? तो, झाड़ू को ही वोट दें” (English translation: Want to make BJP lose? Then vote for Jhadu(broom).) Jhadu or broom is the election symbol of Aam Aadmi Party.

In the viral image ‘ड़ू’ of झाड़ू has been morphed with ‘टू’ to make it look like झाटू.

Hence, we can ascertain that an old poster of Aam Aadmi Party has been morphed and has been made viral.

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