Is AAP's Mahabal Mishra winning in West Delhi? Know the truth of the viral video

Ananya Shroff
4 Min Read

New Delhi: A video of well-known TV news anchor Manak Gupta is becoming increasingly viral on social media. In this video, citing an opinion poll of Today's Chanakya, he is predicting the possibility of Aam Aadmi Party candidate Mahabal Mishra winning the West Delhi seat in the Lok Sabha elections 2024. Many social media users are sharing this video on different platforms. On investigating the video, it was found that this video turned out to be fake, it is an edited video, which has been created using AI generated voice cloning.

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What is in the viral video?
In the video going viral on social media, anchor Manak Gupta is saying, 'This time in the Lok Sabha elections in Delhi, the Bharat Gathbandhan seems to have an upper hand. According to Today's Chanakya Opinion Poll, out of the total seven seats in Delhi, six seats seem to be going to the Bharat Gathbandhan. Mahabal Mishra seems to be in a very strong position from West Delhi.'

Facebook But a user shared the video and wrote, 'Mahabal Mishra's wave is clearly visible in the survey of the biggest media TV Today's Chanakya. It seems that Mahabal Mishra will win from West Delhi by 5 lakh votes.'

Let us tell you that voting for all the Lok Sabha seats of Delhi was held on 25 May in the sixth phase. Kamaljeet Sehrawat contested from BJP on the West Delhi seat while Mahabal Mishra contested from India Alliance. The results of the Lok Sabha elections will be declared on 4 June.

How was the video investigated?
To investigate the viral video, we checked the social media account of anchor Manak Gupta. We found a post dated May 24, 2024 on his X (Twitter) account. In this post, Manak Gupta shared the viral video and called it completely fake. Manak Gupta further said in the post that my video has been taken from my show 'Rashtra Ki Baat' and AI generated voice has been added to it and all the graphics used in it are also fake.

We then examined the audio of the viral video using AI deepfake detection tool Contrails AI to detect AI generated voices. With the help of this tool, we found that the voice in the video has been cloned.

Apart from this, Today's Chanakya has also shared this video on his X account and has called the claim of the AAP candidate's chances of victory in the survey as false. He said in the post, 'We have not released any opinion poll on Delhi or any other state. All the polls being conducted in our name are fake, they have no connection with us.'

In our investigation, we found that the video going viral is fake. Manak Gupta has not made any such claim. This video is edited and AI generated voice cloning has been used in it.

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

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