Fact Check: Does viral video show BJP leader garlanded with chappals during 2024 Lok Sabha poll trail?

The claim is misleading. The viral video is from 2018 when a BJP candidate contesting in the Dhamnod civic elections in Madhya Pradesh was garlanded with chappals.
(Social media screenshot)
(Social media screenshot)

A video is being widely shared on social media in which some people are seen putting a garland of shoes over a BJP leader when he goes to them for votes.

The video is being circulated with the claim that this is from the Lok Sabha elections 2024.

A social media user shared the video with the caption, “#BreakingNews People gave special gifts to BJP leader #LokSabhaElections2024 #NoVote4BJP #ShameOnBJP #1stPhase #BreakingNew.”

Similar posts can be seen here and here.

Fact Check

SouthCheck found that the claim was misleading. We found the video was from 2018 showing the BJP candidate contesting for the Dhamnod civic elections in Madhya Pradesh.

On doing a Google reverse image search of one of the video’s keyframes, we found the screenshot of the same video uploaded by ABP Live on January 8, 2018. The title of the report read, ‘MP: BJP candidate Dinesh Sharma made to wear garland of shoes while he was campaigning for civic election.’

The report stated that Dinesh Sharma, A Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) candidate for Madhya Pradesh’s Dhamnod was garlanded with shoes while he was campaigning for the civic body elections on January 7, 2018.

NDTV also reported about the incident. The NDTV report stated that the man who put a garland around Mr Sharna wanted to highlight the acute water problem in the region.

ANI also shared the screenshots of the video on their Twitter handle.

Hence, we can ascertain that the viral video is old and is not associated with the current Lok Sabha election campaign.

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