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Fact Check: Posts Claiming Pak Flag Being Waved In Maharashtra After MVA Win Is False


A video, showing a flag being waved in Shrirampur, Ahmednagar, Maharashtra, is extensively shared on Internet, claiming that a Pakistan flag has been waved by I.N.D.I.A alliance supporters after the Nationalist Congress Party (SP) candidate, Nilesh Lanke, won the seat. Lanke won the Ahmednagar Lok Sabha seat with 624,797 votes, defeating Bharatiya Janata Party candidate Dr Sujay Vikhepatil. The MVA (Maha Vikas Aghadi) has won 30 Lok Sabha seats in the state, while the ruling BJP-led NDA secured 17 seats out of a total of 48 Lok Sabha seats in Maharashtra.

The video is shared on Facebook with a caption: श्रीरामपूरच्या वार्ड क्रमांक २ म्हणजे वेस्टन चौक भागात महाविकास आघाडीचा जल्लोष साजरा करतांना मुस्लिम समाजकंटकांनी पाकिस्तानचा झेंडा फिरवला……घ्यारे बांगड्या भरा आणी घ्या पाकिस्तानाला उरावर….ते पण छत्रपतींच्या महाराष्ट्रात…..घ्या सेकलरच्या औलादींनो हेच पाहिजे होत ना तुम्हाला ……घ्या ही धोक्याची घंटा गळ्यात बांधा तुमच्या आणी मिरवा (English version: See below.👇)

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

The green flag in the video, featuring a white crescent and star in the middle, is commonly seen during Muharram and Eid Milad-un-Nabi processions and is often mistaken for the Pakistani flag. The flag in the viral video has also white dots, whereas Pakistan’s national flag includes a white column on the left side. Given below is the comparison between the viral flag and the Pakistan flag.

Moreover, the NM team was able to geo-locate the location in the viral video to Weston Tower, Shrirampur, in the Ahmednagar district of Maharashtra. The location in the viral video matches the one on Google Maps.

Thus, it is evident from the above information that the viral video does not show Pakistan flags being waved in Maharashtra after MVA win in 2024 Lok Sabha elections.

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