Fact check: Is this Congress MLA Anil Upadhyay praising PM Narendra Modi?

On November 29, Neha Singh, a Twitter user, posted a tweet, ” *कोंग्रेस विधायक अनिल* *उपाध्याय अनजाने में कह गया पर सही बोल दिया* *इस video को इतना वायरल करो की ये पूरा हिन्दुस्तान देख सके..*” (Congress MLA Anil Upadhyay unknowingly opens up, but ends up speaking the truth. Make this video so viral that entire Hindustan can see this- translation).

In the 2:17 minute video, the gentleman waxes eloquent on how PM Narendra Modi has supposedly cracked down on corruption at multiple levels. It has been posted on Facebook and Twitter by several users.

Alt News received several requests on WhatsApp to fact check the video in question.


When “the truth” is pure fiction

This video has been viral since April 2019. Alt News’s report, Republic TV falsely portrays man praising PM Modi as a Congress MLA, verified that the person in the video is not Anil Upadhyay, and he is not a Congress MLA. In fact, his real name is Munna Pandey.

Previously, in order to identify the person, Alt News had searched “Anil Upadhyay” in the MyNeta database. The search threw up two results –  a BSP leader from Jodhpur who contested the Rajasthan polls in 2018, and an independent candidate from Lucknow who contested the Uttar Pradesh assembly elections in 2007 and 2012. There is no Congress leader with the name Anil Upadhyay.

There are several viral videos of the same man, each one with a different claim. In December 2018 a video of the this person praising Prime Minister Narendra Modi was viral on social media with claims suggesting that he is Rajasthan Deputy CM Sachin Pilot’s father-in-law. Several videos of this man have been shared by a verified Twitter user, Tanmay Shankar. In all these videos, he is seen as making a very spirited and emotional case for supporting PM Modi.

Speaking to The Quint , Shankar confirmed that the person is Mohan Pandey (Munna) and that he knows him personally.

The video thus shared by Neha Singh is viral from April 2019. Just like last time, it is being shared with false claims that the man in the video is Anil Upadhyay, a Congress MLA.

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