Several social media users have shared a clip of a Sikh man getting baptised, a Christian rite of admission and adoption. It has been claimed that the man is Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Channi.

Multiple Twitter users have shared it including @Sourabh3507, @PunitTyagiBjp, and @Ravindr14670837.

Several users posted this video on pro-BJP Facebook pages such as सच से सामना Sach Se Samna [5,000 members], Stop Conversions in India [5,000 members] KADVA SACH [26,000 members], Republic Tv [30,000 members] and Pushpendra Kulshrestha: Hindu Sher [56,000 members].

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Man in the video is not Punjab CM Charanjit Singh Channi

In the video, the priest can be heard saying, “I baptise Simranjit Singh as Samuel…” This itself debunks the false claim. We found that a Facebook user had shared the video mentioning Simranjit Singh.


Simranjit Singh becomes Samuel. Praise the Lord.

Posted by Roy Subir Kaunds on Thursday, 7 October 2021

Below is a picture of Punjab CM Charanjit Singh Channi. He does not look identical to the man in the video.

The video below shows a live stream of Channi’s oath-taking ceremony on September 20.

The video has, therefore, been shared with a false claim.

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