Fact Check: Is BJP forming a government after BBC leaves? Fact check of viral video on social media

Ananya Shroff
4 Min Read

New Delhi: A BBC video is going viral on social media, claiming that BJP is getting 347 seats, Congress 87 and other parties 108 seats in the Lok Sabha elections. Users are sharing the video and claiming that this is the exit poll of Lok Sabha elections 2024, in which BJP is seen getting majority by leaving Congress behind by a huge margin. We investigated this video and found out the truth.

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What is in the viral video?
In this BBC video viral on social media, the anchor says, “Till a few minutes ago, BJP and its allies were leading with 347 seats. BJP is getting a clear majority. On the other hand, Congress and its allies are trailing with 87 seats.” The caption of the video reads, “Shame on you BBC, you sycophants will not let Rahul become PM even in your dreams. At least you could have enjoyed till June 4.”

Share the video to X(Twitter) the user The caption reads, 'Now even BBC has given 347 seats to Modi ji. Have fun till June 4, brother.' This post has received more than 45,000 views so far.
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It is worth noting that the voting for the last phase of Lok Sabha elections 2024 is to be held on June 1, while the results will be declared on June 4.

How was the viral video investigated?
To fact-check the viral video, we searched on Google using relevant keywords and found that it was uploaded on May 23, 2019. BBC official The full version of the viral video was found on the channel, titled, 'India Election Results 2019: Narendra Modi's Big Victory.'

The first three seconds of this video are going viral. In the video, the anchor says, 'Let's take a look at the results so far. Till a few minutes ago, BJP and its alliance partners were leading in 347 seats, which is a clear majority. Congress and its allies were trailing in 87 seats and the rest were leading in 108. There are many regional and local parties in the country. Now those partial results have given Narendra Modi the big lead he was expecting.' The anchor further says that there are still a few hours left for the full results to come. As soon as the results come, we will definitely tell you.'

Let me tell you that in 2019 Lok Sabha Election results: 23 May The results were declared on November 20, in which the BJP-led NDA alliance won 353 seats, while the Congress-led UPA alliance won 90 seats. The mahagathbandhan of SP, BSP and RLD won 15 seats and other parties won 84 seats.

This makes it clear that the viral video is not of the current Lok Sabha elections but of the results of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. It has no connection with the current Lok Sabha elections. Therefore, we consider the viral claim to be misleading.

(This story was originally published by logicalfactsAnd republished by NBT as part of Shakti Collective.)

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