Amid the upcoming Madhya Pradesh election, a video showing one leader being chased away by the people is going viral on social media. In the 30-second-long video, a minister is seen running away from the crowd. Later, security guards are seen getting into the minister’s car with him while the crowd hitting his car with sticks. Many users claim that people chased away a BJP candidate before the assembly elections in Madhya Pradesh.
A Facebook user shared this video and wrote, “Election trends of Madhya Pradesh started coming in. Even before the voting in Madhya Pradesh, the public has started giving results.
In Madhya Pradesh, people are driving out the ruling leaders.”
This Facebook post can be seen here.
NewsMobile fact-checked the above claim, and found it to be FALSE.
Running the video keyframes through Reverse Image Search, our team located similar videos. An extended version of the viral video was found on the YouTube channel Sangbad Pratidin — a Bengali newspaper, uploaded on April 29, 2021, with a title: “BJP candidate from Bolpur Anirban Ganguly’s convoy attacked at Ilambazar, Birbhum”. The description of the video reads: “WB Election 2021: BJP candidate from Bolpur Anirban Ganguly’s convoy attacked at Ilambazar, Birbhum”.
According to a report by The New Indian Express, dated April 29, 2021, a BJP candidate from Bolpur in Birbhum district, Anirban Ganguly, was chased away when he went to the Ilambazar area. The villagers were seen running after him armed with sticks and bricks. They vandalised Anirban Ganguly’s vehicle. In a statement, Ganguly said: “I went to Ilambazar after receiving complaints that TMC’s goons were not allowing our supporters to go to booths”.
Anirban Ganguly’s Official Twitter handle also carries a tweet, dated April 29, 2021, informing people about the attack in Illambazar.
Wish to thank all my friends & well-wishers for their concern on the attack on me in Ilambazar #Bolpur. I am absolutely fine. A motley crowd of sloganeering jehadi goons cannot break or dampen my resolve for #SonarBangla, for #ebarbjpsorkar!
Dharmo Rakshati Rakshitah!
— Dr. Anirban Ganguly অনির্বাণ গঙ্গোপাধ্যায় (@anirbanganguly) April 29, 2021
Thus, we can conclusively say that an old video of BJP’s Anirban Ganguly being chased by locals in West Bengal falsely linked to the recent poll incident in Madhya Pradesh.
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