Fact Check: Did SP Workers Raise Pro-Pakistan Slogans During Election Campaign? Here’s The Truth

As Uttar Pradesh gears up for assembly elections, a video is being shared on social media with a claim that pro-Pakistani slogans were raised by Samajwadi Party (SP) workers while they were campaigning for party’s candidate Munindra Shukla.

The video is being shared with the caption, ” ‘साइकिल पर बटन दबाना है, पाकिस्‍तान बनाना है।’
ये नारा समाजवादी पार्टी के समर्थक बिठूर, कानपुर में लगा रहे हैं। #समाजवादी_गुंडे”

(English Tranaltion: “Press button on cycle, make Pakistan.” Samajwadi Party supporters are raising this slogan in Bithoor, Kanpur.)

Here’s the link to the above post.

FACT CHECK 

NewsMobile fact-checked the post and found the claim to be false.

We ran a keyword search and found a report by TOI dated February 6, 2022, where it was mentioned that ‘investigation by the Flying Squad team (FST) into a video in Bithoor area of the district has disclosed that no slogans in favour of Pakistan were prima facie raised during the campaigning of a Samajwadi Party candidate contrary to the claims made on social media platforms.’

A report by India Today mentioned that Kanpur Police launched an investigation after the video went viral and found that no such slogans were raised.

News 24 also tweeted a video of Assistant Returning Officer (ARO) from Bithoor on February 4, 2022, where he clarified that pro-Pakistani slogans were not raised during the campaign.

Kanpur administration found in its investigation – Slogans of ‘Pakistan Zindabad’ were not raised during the rally of Bithoor assembly’s SP candidate Munindra Shukla. #UPElections2022 #Kanpur,” the tweet read. 

Moreover, SP candidate Munindra Shukla also took to Facebook to clarify that the viral claim is fake. 

Hence, from the above fact check, it is clear that the viral video is being shared with false claims.

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