Video from AP falsely connected to violence over BJP votes in Kannauj

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The phase 4 of the Lok Sabha elections took place in several parts of the nation on May 13, 2024. 96 seats in 10 states and union territories like Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra, Jammu and Kashmir etc. were up for polls in this phase.

Owing to the voting going on in the country, a video was posted in that context on Instagram which claims that violence occurred at one of the polling booths in Kannauj. The fight amongst the people shown in the video was allegedly a result of not voting for Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP).

The viral post claiming polling booth violence in Kannauj over BJP votes (source: Instagram)



The video in the viral post shows scenes of a polling booth where inscriptions on the walls were written in a seemingly South Indian language. This cue gives a hint of the place of fight not being Kannauj, Uttar Pradesh.

The walls in the video show inscriptions in a South Indian language

On further reverse image search, the video was found to be from Andhra Pradesh. An article by NDTV reported that the video from Andhra Pradesh features A Sivakumar, Tenali’s YSR Congress Party MLA slapping a voter in the booth. The fight allegedly happened when the voter being hit in the video opposed YSRCP MLA’s attempt to skip the cue for voting.

Eeshna Dashottar

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