An almost 2-minute long clip has gone viral on social media with users claiming that it features “Congress MLA Anil Upadhyay”. The man in the video can be seen speaking against certain politicians and journalists. It begins with his criticism of the Congress party and ends with him demanding that a total of 100 people be sent to jail.

The same video was also widespread earlier in August.

 

कांग्रेस विधायक #अनिल #उपाधाय अनजाने में कह गया पर सही बोल दिया । इस VIDEO को इतना वायरल करो कि ये पुरा हिदुस्तान देख सके

Posted by Deepak Oberoi on Tuesday, 18 August 2020

We found that this video has been viral with the same claim on Twitter since July.

Fact-check

This video cannot possibly show “Congress MLA Anil Upadhyay” because there is no such MLA by this name. This is a fictitious name that goes viral every few months with a new video. Alt News has investigated many such videos with this name.

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In the screenshot below, the search results of the name ‘Anil Upadhyay’ on myneta.info is shown. This website is a database of contesting political candidates. As evident, there is no Congress politician named “Anil Upadhyay”.

https://i1.wp.com/www.altnews.in/hindi/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/anil-1.png?resize=1002%2C486&ssl=1

Now, let’s find out who is the person in the video. On the bottom of the clip, the words ‘The Newspaper Exclusive’ can be seen.

the news paper exclusive

We found a verified channel called ‘The Newspaper’ on YouTube that has more than 5 lakh subscribers. However, its social media accounts on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram are not verified and have a much smaller follower count. The channel uploaded this 11-minute video of a professor on March 4, 2020. The video is entitled, “What did this professor say about Rahul Gandhi that made people lift him up in the air? | Delhi.”

the newspaper

In this video, the person seen talking for eight minutes is the same one from the video going viral but his name is not mentioned anywhere in the video. We contacted ‘The Newspaper’ and tried to find out who he was. We were told that his name is Vinay Kumar Singh. Singh is from Delhi who had contested elections from the Janashakti Party (Rashtriya).

When we looked for him on myneta.info, we discovered that he had contested elections from Patparganj on a Janshakti Party (Rashtriya) ticket in the recent Delhi Assembly Elections of 2020. The entry also has a photo of him along with other information and affidavits on the Election Commission of India website.

vinay kumar singh

Therefore, Delhi-based Janshakti Party (Rashtriya) leader Vinay Kumar Singh is being misidentified in this viral video as fictional Congress leader Anil Upadhyay.

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