A video of a woman rigging votes has been shared with the claim that this was the reason the Mamata Banerjee government won the West Bengal elections. The video shows a woman holding voters’ hands and pressing EVM buttons.

The video has been shared by several Twitter users.

Video was viral during West Bengal elections as well

BJP member Keya Ghosh had shared the video on April 8, when the State elections were ongoing.

Got from WA. This is how TMC has been doing rigging. @ECISVEEP pic.twitter.com/GqQ6Xruwjr

— Keya Ghosh (@keyakahe) April 8, 2021

Several people had posted the video on Twitter and said they received it on WhatsApp.

Alt News also received multiple requests to verify the video on our helpline number +917600011160 or on our mobile application (Android, iOS). A few people had asked if the video is from poll-bound Assam.

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The video has also been shared without any claims about the location.

National convenor and in charge of social media training at Indian Youth Congress Deepak Khatri shared the video while tagging the Election Commission.

Old video

The video is not from the recent assembly elections. It is at least two years old and was previously viral in May 2019 around the time of the general elections.

Hindustan Times political editor Vinod Sharma had posted the video on May 15, 2019.

News Central 24×7 had reported on the viral video but couldn’t ascertain where the incident took place. However, similar incidents of booth capturing were reported by Alt News in 2019. (1 and 2)

A 30-second clip at least from 2019 shows a woman rigging votes. It has been falsely linked to the ongoing West Bengal assembly polls.

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Archit is a fact-checking journalist at Alt News since November 2019. Previously, he has worked as a producer at a TV news channel and as a reporter at a leading English-language daily. In addition to work experience in media, he has also worked as a fundraising and communication manager at an NGO.