A one-minute video which shows people hoisting BJP’s flag to the Indian national anthem is being shared on social media. Shabbir Ahmad, a Facebook user, posted the video and wrote, “If media doesn’t show this, we must show this to entire Hindustand. BJP’s reality is that they don’t recognise the national flag. Here’s the proof. [Translated from: Agar mediya pe nahi dikhaya gaya hai to hame ise poore Hindustan ko dikhaana hoga BJP KI REALITY YEH BHARAT KE JHANDAY KO NAHI MANTAY HAI PROOF IN VIDEO..].”

Agar mediya pe nahi dikhaya gaya hai to hame ise poore Hindustan ko dikhaana hoga BJP KI REALITY YEH BHARAT KE JHANDAY KO NAHI MANTAY HAI PROOF IN VIDEO…

Posted by Shabbir Ahmad on Wednesday, 29 January 2020

Similarly, several other users have shared the viral video on Facebook thus giving the impression that it is recent.

Alt News has also received several requests to fact-check the video on WhatsApp (+91 76000 11160) and on our official mobile app.

TRUE BUT OLD INCIDENT

Alt News did a keyword search on Twitter and found that the viral video was tweeted by journalist Dinesh Shukla on May 14, 2018.

According to Shukla, Shivraj Singh Chouhan hoisted the BJP flag at Chalo Panchayat Campaign in Khajua, a village in Madhya Pradesh. In the tweet, Shukla wrote, “@BJP4India At Chalo Panchayat Campaign in Khajua village near Khajuraho, MP @ChouhanShivraj hoisted the BJP flag and the sang the National anthem … Will the BJP hoist their flag along with the National anthem in the country instead of the Tricolor? [Translated from @BJP4India एमपी में चलो पंचायत अभियान के तहत खजुराहो के पास ग्राम खजुआ में @ChouhanShivraj ने बीजेपी का झंडा वंदन किया और राष्ट्रगान गाया गया…क्या अब तिरंगे की जगह बीजेपी के झंडे को देश में फहराया जाएगा और राष्ट्रगान होगा?”

Alt News did a keyword search on Google and found an article by Free Press Journal posted May 15, 2018. According to the report, “A video has gone viral which shows BJP leader hoisting the party flag and other reciting national anthem. CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan was present on this occasion. The incident happened during an event of “Panchayat Chalo” Abhiyan where National Anthem – “Jan Gan Man” was recited after hoisting BJP flag instead of Tri-colour at Raj Nagar, Chhattarpur district, on Monday.”

In conclusion, BJP members did sing the national anthem while hoisting the party’s flag but the incident is not recent. It reportedly took place in May 2018.

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Archit is a senior fact-checking journalist at Alt News. Previously, he has worked as a producer at WION and as a reporter at The Hindu. In addition to work experience in media, he has also worked as a fundraising and communication manager at S3IDF.