Fact Check: RSS letter supporting AAP candidate from West Delhi Mahabal Mishra is fake

Ronit Kawale
Ronit Kawale - Senior Editor
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New Delhi: Amid the heat of the 2024 Lok Sabha elections in the country, a letter from RSS is going viral. The letter claims that the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) has supported Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) candidate Mahabal Mishra from West Delhi Lok Sabha seat. BOOM fact-checked the matter and found that the viral letter is fake. Speaking to BOOM, former RSS prant pracharak Rajiv Tuli termed the viral letter as fake and said that the Sangh never issues letters in support or opposition of any party candidate. Sharing the letter, a Facebook user wrote, '#RSS has extended full support to West Delhi Lok Sabha 2024 candidate Shri Mahabal Mishra ji Aam Aadmi Party! On May 25, all Sangh workers will press the broom button.

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BOOM's investigation found that the viral letter is fake and has not been issued by the RSS. Upon examining the letter, several discrepancies were found in it. Also, it has the signature of Dr. Manmohan Vaidya, whose designation is stated as Akhil Bharatiya Prachar Pramukh.

According to the official X handle of Dr. Manmohan Vaidya, he is currently the Joint General Secretary (Sarkaryavah) of RSS.Archive Links,

Whereas Sunil Ambekar is working on the post of All India Publicity Chief, information of which is available on his x account.Archive Links,


Apart from this, Sunil Ambekar's website is also available on the official website of RSS. Head of Publicity This incident is mentioned. For more information, BOOM contacted Rajiv Tuli, former Prant Pracharak of RSS. Rajiv Tuli told BOOM, 'The viral letter is fake. The letter mentions the responsibility of Dr. Manmohan Vaidya as Akhil Bharatiya Prachar Pramukh, which was 6 years ago. Currently, he is a member of the Akhil Bharatiya Karyakari. Rajiv Tuli further said, 'The Sangh never issues letters in support or opposition of any party or candidate.'

Who is Mahabal Mishra?

Mahabal Mishra, who was once a prominent Purvanchal face of the Congress, is contesting from West Delhi seat on an Aam Aadmi Party ticket this time. He had joined Arvind Kejriwal's party even before the 2022 MCD elections. His son Vinay Mishra is an AAP MLA from Dwarka assembly seat. Mahabal Mishra was elected MP from West Delhi seat in 2009. In that election, Congress won all seven seats in Delhi.

(This story was originally published in 1998) BOOM FACT CHECKAnd republished by NBT as part of Shakti Collective.)

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