Fact Check: Does This Video Show Vote Rigging in Gujarat Elections? Here’s the Truth

On December 1, voters in Gujarat’s first phase of elections for 89 of the state’s 182 assembly seats cast their ballots, with Surat being one of the important voting districts. For the remaining 93 seats, polls will be held on December 5, and the results will be out on December 8.

Against the backdrop, a video allegedly showing voting fraud at one of the polling booths in the Varachha area of Surat is widely shared on social media. 

The video is shared on Facebook with a caption: “બોગસ વોટિંગ ચાલુ થઈ ગયુ છે આવા ચીટરોને સોધી ને જેલ ભેગા કરો વિડિયો વરાછા વિસ્તાર નો છે ક્યાં પોલિંગ બુથ નો છે ઇ તપાસ ચાલુ છે” (English translation: Bogus voting has started Buy such cheaters and collect the jail The video is from the Varachha area Where are the polling booths? The investigation is on.) 

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NewsMobile fact-checked the above claim, and found it to be MISLEADING. 

Extracting keyframes from the viral video and performing a Reverse Image Search, we found the YouTube channel of TV9BanglaLive carrying the same video on February 27, 2022.

The video description in Bangla states: “Voting for Ward No. 33 of South Dum Dum Municipality is going on at Lakeview School. The agent himself stopped the voters and pressed the button on EVM. Watch that video.” 

Another news report published on February 27, 2022, that carried glimpses of the viral video. According to the report, “The video is from Booth No. 108, Ward No. 33, South Dum Dum. In this video, it is seen that Trinamool workers occupied the booth.” The report stated that BJP leader Agnimitra Pal shared the video.” 

The BJP and Congress state Twitter accounts had also shared the viral video in February 2022, accusing Trinamool Congress of election fraud.  

So, we can conclusively say that this video is not related to the ongoing Gujarat assembly elections.  

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