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Fact Check: 2021 Video of BJP Workers Distributing Alcohol Falsely Linked to Bihar By-polls

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A video is widely circulated on social media showing some people with BJP caps and scarfs distributing alcohol. The post claims that the video was taken recently in the Kurhani Assembly constituency in Bihar, which went for by-polls recently.

The post was shared with a caption:93 – कुढ़ानी विधानसभा उपचुनाव में BJP का मतलब बदल गया B = बोतल J = जमके P = पियो आज केरमा मैदान में BJP और चिराग जी के चुनावी जनसभा में पियो और वोट दो अभियान की हुई शुरुआत।#yadavtejashwi #RJDforIndia #NitishKumar #JDUBihar07 (English translation: 93 – BJP’s meaning changed in Kudhani assembly by-election B = Bottle J = Jamne P = Piyo Drink and vote campaign started today in the election public meeting of BJP and Chirag ji in Kerma ground. #yadavtejashwi #RJDforIndia #NitishKumar #JDUBihar07)

Here’s the link to the above post.

FACT CHECK

NewsMobile did the fact-check, and found it to be misleading.

Doing a Google Reverse Image Search, we found the same video uploaded by Congress on December 20, 2021, with a caption: alcohol was distributed at a BJP rally in Uttar Pradesh.

The viral video had also been published by Dainik Jagran in December, claiming that Congress tweeted a video alleging BJP’s liquor distribution at a rally. However, the report warns that the website cannot verify the source of the video.

UP Tak also shared the video on December 21, 2021, and credited UP Congress’s Twitter handle. They, too, warned against the authenticity of the video.

Hence, we can ascertain that the viral video is old and has no relation to Gujarat elections.

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