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Fact Check: Viral Screenshot Projecting Mayawati As Most Liked Candidate For MP CM Post Is Fake

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The state assembly elections in Madhya Pradesh are set to be held on 17 November, while the results will be declared on December 3. Meanwhile, a screenshot of the ABP election survey has gone viral on social media showing that in Madhya Pradesh, 45% of people want to see BSP leader Mayawati as the chief minister. CM Shivraj Singh was liked by 15%, and Congress leader Kamal Nath was liked by 20%. Many users claim that former UP CM Mayawati is the first choice of the public for the post of CM in Madhya Pradesh.

A Facebook user shared this post and wrote: “मध्य प्रदेश में चल रही है बहनजी की लहर, सर्वे ने बता दिया बीएसपी के बिना कोई सरकार एमपी में नहीं बनने वाली….साथियों और जोर लगाना है…इसे ज्यादा से ज्यादा शेयर करें…जय भीम, जय बसपा.” [English translation: Behenji wave is going on in Madhya Pradesh, survey has shown that without BSP no government will be formed in MP…Friends, more emphasis has to be put…Share this as much as possible…Jai Bhim, Jai BSP.]

This Facebook post can be seen here.

It is being widely shared on Facebook and X with a similar claim.

FACT CHECK

NewsMobile fact-checked the post, and found it to be FALSE.

The NM team thoroughly scanned the website and social media handles of ABP News, but could not find any election survey predicting Mayawati as the first choice  for the CM post in Madhya Pradesh.

A report by ABP News, dated October 11, 2023, clarifies that ABP News had conducted an election survey in Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan in collaboration with an organisation named “C-Voter”. In the survey, 43% had declared Shivraj Singh Chauhan as their first choice for the CM Post. Congress leader Kamal Nath came in second place with 42% and Jyotiraditya Scindia was in third place with 10%.

According to another report by ABP News, Mayawati’s Bahujan Samaj Party will play a major role in the upcoming Madhya Pradesh elections and could influence at least three dozen seats. However, it is to be noted that Mayawati’s name was not mentioned anywhere in the survey conducted by ABP News.

Thus, it is confirmed that the viral screenshot is morphed by using editing software tools.

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