A newspaper clipping from Hindi daily Dainik Bhaskar has been doing the rounds online in which an infographic claims that according to a survey jointly conducted by Dainik Bhaskar and Nielsen, the INDIA alliance was leading in 10 states of the country and could cross the 200-mark in these states alone. There is also a related report on the page.

Telangana Congress spokesperson Asma and many Congress supporters such as the Spirit of Congress account and Priyamwada, shared this, claiming that Modi’s image was not enough to secure votes in the Hindi belt states and added that the NDA was scared of losing the polls in Bihar, Bengal, and Maharashtra.

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Fact Check

Alt News observed that there were differences in the fonts in the different stories on the page. A reverse image search on Google led us to a tweet which contained an image of the entire page. A close look at the image makes it clear that the page has been tampered with. Signs of editing are visible in the image, and as a result of these edits, some of the text has been concealed.

We noticed that the viral newspaper clipping is the Bhopal edition dated April 13, 2024. Upon checking the Bhopal edition of Dainik Bhaskar on April 13 on their website, we found that there was no such content on any page. This newspaper clipping has been doctored. The survey and the related story have been inserted replacing the lead story of the page which was about rainfall in Bhopal and a BJP banner ad.

Dainik Bhaskar national editor L P Pant issued a statement on X (Twitter) declaring this newspaper clipping as fake and stating that Dainik Bhaskar had not conducted any such survey.

To sum it up, a number of Congress supporter handles and other users shared a fake clip of a newspaper claiming that according to a Dainik Bhaskar-Nielsen survey, the INDIA alliance was leading in 10 states of the country.


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Abhishek is a senior fact-checking journalist and researcher at Alt News. He has a keen interest in information verification and technology. He is always eager to learn new skills, explore new OSINT tools and techniques. Prior to joining Alt News, he worked in the field of content development and analysis with a major focus on Search Engine Optimization (SEO).