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A manipulated video falsely portrays CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan discussing BJP’s crisis in Madhya Pradesh


In recent times, a video showcasing Madhya Pradesh’s Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan engaged in an official meeting is viral on social media platforms. The video seemingly shows the Chief Minister addressing the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) current predicament in Madhya Pradesh, attributed to public dissatisfaction with the unemployment rate and inflation. As a solution to the presented dilemma, he recommends promoting votes in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s name to avoid an impending defeat in the upcoming assembly elections. This article seeks to fact-check the authenticity of this viral video.

Claim: Madhya Pradesh’s Chief Minister recommends appealing votes in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s name in the upcoming 2023 assembly elections.

Fact: The video in question is an edited snippet from an older clip, and a voice-over has been added to this, which is not part of the original video. Hence, the claim made in the post is False.

We started by noticing the ANI logo on the video, prompting us to search for related keywords on the internet. This search led us to ANI’s previously uploaded clips (here and here) on X and their YouTube channel, dating back to June 2023, which are identical to the viral video.

 According to the video description, the original footage depicts Madhya Pradesh’s Chief Minister conducting an internal review meeting (here and here) to prepare for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the state.

Interestingly, the ANI video does not contain the audio segment present in the viral snippet – a significant piece of evidence supporting the fact that the viral claim was morphed with a deceptive voice-over orchestrating a false narrative.

We can conclude that the dialogue featured in the viral clip was not originally part of the video.

To sum up, this video of Madhya Pradesh’s Chief Minister addressing a crisis situation within the BJP and recommending election strategies is morphed.


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