As voting for Bihar assembly polls is ongoing, a video is circulating with the text, “Tejashwi Yadav distributing notes during the election campaign.”

(Translated from चुनाव प्रचार में नोट बांटते हुए तेजस्वी यादव का वीडियो हुआ वायरल)

This video was posted on Facebook page Achhe Din which has over one million followers. (archived link)

 

चुनाव प्रचार में नोट बांटते हुए तेजस्वी यादव का वीडियो हुआ वायरल

Posted by Achhe Din on Wednesday, 28 October 2020

Social media head of BJP Punjab Varun Puri also tweeted the video and wrote, “Tejashwi Yadav distributing jobs in Bihar.” It was viewed close to 10,000 times. (archived link)

It was also tweeted by ‘Akash RSS’.

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Old video

We found that video’s original audio has been replaced with the Rajasthani bhajan ‘Rishta Tu Bana Le Shyam Se’. A reverse image search using InVID led us to the video uploaded by a Facebook user in August. However, it was shared with the claim that Tejashwi Yadav is helping poor people in Bihar. Yadav is the face the opposition in Bihar elections as the leader of political party Rashtriya Janata Dal.

Next, we visited Yadav’s Facebook profile and looked for videos uploaded prior to August. We found that the viral video is a clip from a Facebook Live uploaded on July 31. It has been clipped from the 5:00 mark. According to the accompanying caption, the clip is from Chakia, Pipra assembly in Champaran district of Bihar and Yadav is distributing money to people affected by floods.

Incessant rains caused heavy flooding in Champaran district in July. Navbharat Times reported on July 31 that Yadav visited the flood-ravaged district of Champaran and offered food and ₹200 to each flood-affected family. The Election Commission announced the schedule and dates for the Bihar assembly election in September. According to PRS, “The Model Code of Conduct (MCC) is operational from the date that the election schedule is announced till the date that results are announced.”

चकिया, पिपरा विधानसभा क्षेत्र में बाढ़ पीड़ितों संग दुःख-दर्द साँझा कर सहयोग किया।

Posted by Tejashwi Yadav on Friday, 31 July 2020

Therefore, a three-month-old video of RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav distributing money to flood-affected families in Champaran was shared with the claim that he was influencing voters ahead of state polls.

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Archit is a graduate in English Literature from The MS University of Baroda. He also holds a post-graduation diploma in journalism from the Asian College of Journalism. Since then he has worked at Essel Group's English news channel at WION as a trainee journalist, at S3IDF as a fundraising & communications officer and at The Hindu as a reporter. At Alt News, he works as a fact-checking journalist.