A meeting of Bharatiya Janata Party’s national executive was held on 4th July 2022 in Hyderabad, the capital of Telangana. After this meeting, a video went viral on social media. In the video, people wearing BJP party garb and caps can be seen distributing liquor. While sharing the video, it is claimed that this video is from the national executive meeting held in Hyderabad.
Eminent lawyer Prashant Bhushan has shared this video from his official Twitter handle. Targeting Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Bhushan writes that Modi’s workers have even converted Telangana into Goa.
(Screenshot from Twitter post)
वाह मोदी जी, आपकी पार्टी ने तो तेलंगाना को भी गोवा बना दिया! क्या ऐश है! pic.twitter.com/3Bt0ITqpUs— Prashant Bhushan (@pbhushan1) July 4, 2022
In order to verify the claim, we performed a reverse image search and a video with similar visuals was found in a tweet published on 20th December 2021. Hence, the video is old and is not related to the recent national executive meeting of BJP in Telangana.
The video was also found in the InVid database of fakes.
(Screenshot from InVid website)
We came across this report by Dainik Bhaskar published in December 2021. The report mentions Congress leaders stating that the incident took place after BJP leader JP Nadda’s rally in Haridwar, Uttarakhand.
(Screenshot from Dainik Bhaskar website)
Our fact-check confirmed that the viral video of BJP workers distributing liquor is not from the national executive meeting in Hyderabad. This video also went viral in December 2021. This means that the video is at least six months old.
ABCDE Framework-Based Analysis
|Actor||Indian supreme court lawyer Prashant Bhushan is involved in spreading misinformation on social media.|
|Behavior||An old video was linked with BJP’s recent meeting in Telangana.|
|Content||Social Media post.|
|Degree||The content is being spread to defame the ruling party; Bharatiya Janata Party. The video is old and is neither edited nor forged, the original incident took place last year. No synthetic means were used to make content viral.|
|Effect||The shared video is being circulated to mislead the audience and portray that BJP is a reckless party. Such posts have potential to mislead voters and make them doubt the party they support.|