Fact Check: Old news of MLA Mukesh Verma leaving BJP goes viral as recent
MLA Mukesh Verma left BJP in January 2022. The viral claim stating he did so recently is misleading. Old news of him leaving the party is going viral with misleading claims.
- By Vishvas News
- Updated: October 27, 2022
New Delhi (Vishvas News): Vishvas News came across a news clip of TV9 news channel which said that MLA Mukesh Verma from Uttar Pradesh is quitting BJP with 20 other MLAs and joining SP.
Vishvas News in its investigation found that the claim is misleading.
Mukesh Verma did leave BJP but in January, 2022.
Vishvas News found the claim to be misleading.
Facebook user Sanjeev Gaurav Kumar shared the viral clip and wrote: बीजेपी से विधायक श्री मुकेश वर्मा ने भाजपा छोड़ी सपा जॉइन की
Translation: BJP MLA Mukesh Verma leaves BJP joins SP
Check the post and its archive version here.
This post also went viral on Twitter, with user posting this with same claim.
Vishvas News started its investigation with a keyword search.
We found the same news clip on the Facebook page of TV9 Bharatvarsh.
This clip was posted on Facebook on January 14, 2022.
We also found the viral clip on the official YouTube channel of TV9 Bharavarsh which has 12.2 mn subscribers. The video posted on January 14, 2022 had over 32 lakh views.
We also checked for news reports about leader Mukesh Verma leaving BJP on the internet.
We found a report on Hindustan Times published on January 13, 2022, titled, “UP election: Another jolt to BJP as MLA Mukesh Verma quits party”
The report said: Uttar Pradesh lawmaker Mukesh Verma became the seventh Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MLA to quit the party days ahead of the Assembly elections. After resigning from the primary membership of the BJP, Verma showed his support to Swami Prasad Maurya, a prominent backward caste leader who resigned from the state cabinet earlier this week.
We also found the report on NDTV website.
In the next step of investigation, Vishvas News spoke to BJP national spokesperson Dr Guruprakash Paswan. He said, “The viral claim of Mukesh Verma quitting BJP is misleading. He quit BJP from Shikohabad in UP, in January 2022, and it did not happen recently. BJP is a party which is indeed a family and people who quit the party have returned in the past too. No such thing has happened recently.“
In the last step of investigation, Vishvas News did a social background check of user who shared the viral post. Sanjeev Gaurav Kumar has 1.6K friends on Facebook and belongs to Jaithra, Uttar Pradesh.
Conclusion: MLA Mukesh Verma left BJP in January 2022. The viral claim stating he did so recently is misleading. Old news of him leaving the party is going viral with misleading claims.
- Claim Review : MLA Mukesh Verma recently left BJP
- Claimed By : Sanjeev Gaurav Kumar
- Fact Check : Misleading
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