A post accompanying the video of few people vandalising a property, which appears to be a BJP party office is being shared on social media with a claim that ‘BJP volunteers vandalised their party office over non-availability of oxygen cylinders’. Let’s fact-check the claim made in the post.
Claim: Video of BJP volunteers vandalising their party office over non-availability of oxygen cylinders.
Fact: The video actually shows Sagarika Sarkar, BJP leader, and Malda district council member, along with her supporters vandalising the party office in Gazole, a municipality in Malda district of West Bengal. She did this to show her dissatisfaction on the distribution of party tickets. Multiple news agencies have also reported the incident. Hence the claim made in the post is MISLEADING.
Few seconds into the video, we can spot an image of Dilip Ghosh, President of the West Bengal BJP unit. Taking a cue from this, Google search with relevant keywords led us to a Bangla news article that published an image similar to a visual of the video. As per this article, the woman in the image is Sagarika Sarkar, BJP leader and Malda district council member, who along with her supporters vandalized the party office in Gazole, a municipality in Malda district of West Bengal over dissatisfaction on the distribution of party tickets.
Taking a cue from the above article, YouTube search yielded a report by India TV which reported the same video. As per this report, the visuals show BJP workers in Malda vandalising party office over ticket distribution.
Further search yielded multiple news videos which report different visuals of BJP workers vandalising party office in Madla as they were disgruntled over the selection of the candidate. Visuals of the incident shared by ANI can be seen here, Hindustan Times reportof the incident can be seen here.
All these establish the fact that video shows BJP workers vandalising the party office as they were not satisfied over party ticket distribution but not over the non-availability of oxygen cylinders. Further, we could not find any news reports about BJP supporters vandalising their party office due to the non-availability of oxygen cylinders.
To sum it up, this video shows BJP workers vandalising party office as they were disgruntled over party ticket distribution, but not over non-availability of oxygen cylinders.