A video clip of journalist Abhisar Sharma has been shared widely on social media. In the video clip, Sharma can be seen handing over a piece of paper to a person while speaking to them about issues regarding the upcoming election. The clip has been shared by several prominent social media accounts, with the claim that Sharma is bribing villagers to speak against Prime Minister Narendra Modi. In the video itself, in the top right corner, the words ‘Abhisar Sharma – Distributing $ to villagers to speak in his favour?’ have been superimposed.

Army veteran Major Surendra Poonia is among those who have posted this video clip. Poonia’s message along with the clip reads, “This Ramnath Goenka award winning journalist, what is he handing over to the elderly person at the end of the video? Look closely. He says he is giving an article clip to the person. Are people fools? Whether you give clip or slip, only Chaukidar will win” (translated). The video clip posted by Major Poonia is 1:30 minutes long, whereas a short video clip of seven seconds too has been shared on Twitter by the handles @padhalikha and @being_humor.

The above tweet was retweeted over 4700 times. The claim was also quote-tweeted by Vikas Pandey.

From the account of @pokershash alone, the video has been viewed in excess of 56,000 times so far. The tweet has now been deleted. The video has also been tweeted with the same claim by the handle @smokingskills_ and also by Shefali Vaidya.

It has also been uploaded on Facebook, posted by a page Tolerant Indians, which has a following of over 225,000 and also by the page The Genuine Truth, which is followed by over 370,000 Facebook users.

Handed over newspaper clip, not cash

Abhisar Sharma has clarified via a tweet that he had handed over not money but a newspaper clipping to the elderly person seen in the video. In his defence, Sharma has tweeted the same video which shows the elderly person handing over a newspaper clip to him. Later, he is seen handing back the same piece of paper.

Looking at the video in its entirety makes it evident that the piece of paper handed over by Abhisar Sharma to the person is a newspaper clipping and not a currency note.

Sharma has even threatened legal action against the handle @pokershash which had posted the video with the false claim and later deleted it. @pokershash has however issued an apology regarding the same.

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