An alleged newspaper clipping has been shared by several individual users on social media. It is titled – “पंजाबी वोटर अगर मेरा साथ दें तो देहाती जाट गुज्जरों और बिहारियों को धूल चटा दूंगा – राघव चड्ढा| (If Punjabi voters support me, I will defeat Jats, Gujjars and Biharis – Raghav Chadha)”

पंजाबी वोटर अगर मेरा साथ दें तो देहाती जाट गुज्जरों और बिहारियों को धूल चटा दूंगा::AAP उम्मीदवार राघव चड्ढा

Posted by Bhumihar Sikandar Tiwari on Friday, 10 May 2019

The quote attributed to the AAP candidate for South-East Delhi is also circulating on Twitter.

Fake newspaper clipping

Raghav Chadha rubbished the claims on his official Facebook page, terming the news fake and a work of photoshop.

ये खबर बिल्कुल झूठी है, इस फोटोशॉप से बनाई न्यूस पर विश्वास ना करें। यदि फेसबुक पर दिखे तो इसे तुरंत रिपोर्ट करें।

Posted by Raghav Chadha on Friday, 10 May 2019

The clipping can also be debunked using several other clues. The ludicrousness of the claim itself should raise doubts. The lack of media reports on the alleged statement further espouses its falseness. Lastly, the clipping has been made to resemble a newspaper cut-out, however, a quick glance is sufficient to reveal that it is manufactured.

1. The article has spelling and grammatical errors. In the title itself, the word ‘चटा’ is spelt ‘चाटा’. In the second paragraph, the word ‘नहीं ‘ is spelt ‘नही’. The sentence – “एक जनसभा को सम्बोधित करते हुए चड्डा ने कहा की “यदि पंजाबी समुदाय का शत प्रतिशत वोट…” – does not have a comma before the direct quote. In fact, none of the direct quotes in the article starts with a comma.

2. The report is not dated.

3. The article does not have a byline. All reports published in newspapers either carry the author’s name or mention that it is written by their bureau. In case the article is a news agency feed, the organisation’s name – for instance, PTI, ANI – is mentioned.

4. The sentences and paragraphs in the report are not perfectly aligned.

Circulating fake newspaper clipping is commonplace on social media. Any article that resembles a news report is a tactic to mislead readers into believing that the information is true. Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal was also targeted on social media using a fake newspaper clipping.

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Pooja Chaudhuri is a senior editor at Alt News.