A video is circulating on social media which apparently claims that Congress made people take an oath to not vote for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). A Twitter handle Ultimate Dangerous (@KING_OF_TROLL_) tweeted the video on October 3 in which some young people can be seen taking a pledge to not vote for BJP as well as encourage others to do the same.
The video was captioned as, ” dirty politics by congress, they are making people to promise to not vote BJP, shameless creatures.”
dirty politics by congress, they are making people to promise to not vote BJP, shameless creatures. pic.twitter.com/M7b8VC5mgC
— Ultimate dangerous (@KING_OF_TROLL_) October 3, 2018
In the video, the people can be seen saying, “I will not vote for Bharatiya Janata Party nor will I will provide any support to any worker of the Bharatiya Janata Party. I pledge that I will encourage at least three people take this oath within 24 hours. I will also spread awareness about the corruption and injustice of the Bharatiya Janata Party to the people of my village and my district. Thank you. Jai Hind.”
The video was also shared by BJP supporter Shubharastha. She tweeted the video with the caption, “Looks like Hitlers’ pledge! Bloody Fascists! Anti Democracy Emergency Fame Fascists! Die Congress! @INCIndia doesn’t deserve survival in a democracy. Crying shame on our free political culture!”
But, the truth is far from what is being portrayed here.
The video dates back to January 26, 2018. News Agency ANI had shared the video back then and it was about “Teachers of Vijaylaxmi Industrial Training Institute in Itarsi asking students to take pledge not to vote for BJP in the upcoming elections and support it in any manner until it stops online examinations.”
#WATCH Teachers of Vijaylaxmi Industrial Training Institute in Itarsi ask students to take pledge not to vote for BJP in the upcoming elections & support it in any manner until it stops online examinations #MadhyaPradesh (26.01.18) pic.twitter.com/PY3S721Mbq
— ANI (@ANI) January 28, 2018
Also, the video currently circulated clips the first few seconds of the original video which starts with, “Till online examinations are not closed, I will not vote for the Bharatiya Janata Party…” So only the latter part was included and the “online examinations” part was cropped out of the video.
As elections are approaching, such videos with false narrative are bound to be circulated. The social media users have to be cautious enough to understand the difference between original and fake, be it photos, videos or messages.