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BJP MP thrashing his party MLA with a shoe is shared as that of a scuffle between AAP MLAs


A video of two men exchanging blows during a meeting is being widely shared on social media with the claim that, during an Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) meeting on 6 March 2020, Sanjay Singh manhandled his colleague MLA with shoes and also thrashed him. Let’s check the veracity of the claim made in the post.

The archived version of the post can be found here.

Claim: Video of AAP’s Sanjay Singh beating his co-MLA with shoes during their party’s meeting.

Fact: The men exchanging blows in the video belong to Uttar Pradesh unit of BJP. During a meeting in UP, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP Sharad Tripathi and BJP Member of Legislative Assembly (MLA) Rakesh Singh exchanged blows after an argument broke out between them. So, the claim is FALSE.  

When searched on Google with keywords, the same video was found on the YouTube channel of ‘ANI’. As per this video, on 6 March 2019, Uttar Pradesh’s Sant Kabir Nagar BJP MP Sharad Tripathi and BJP MLA Rakesh Singh have exchanged blows following an argument over placement of names on a foundation stone of a project. So, the men involved in the scuffle in the video are the party leaders of the Uttar Pradesh BJP unit. More information regarding the incident can be found here and here.

To conclude, the men exchanging blows in the video belong to BJP, not AAP. Also, the incident took place in Uttar Pradesh. 

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