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Did An Ailing Kanhaiya Ask Begusarai Voters To Vote For An Opposition Candidate? A FactCheck

Did An Ailing Kanhaiya Ask Begusarai Voters To Vote For An Opposition Candidate? A FactCheck

The viral post claims that an ailing Kanhaiya has appealed to the voters to cast their votes in favour of RJD’s Tanvir Hasan as he (Kanhaiya) is pulling out of election due to health reasons

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An old image of a bedridden Kanhaiya Kumar wearing a neck brace is being shared on Facebook with a false claim that the CPI candidate urged voters in Begusarai to vote for another candidate as his health deteriorates.

The misleading post comes at a time when Bihar’s Begusarai went to polls on Monday in the fourth phase of general elections on April 29, 2019.

Kanhaiya Kumar will face off against Bharatiya Janata Party’s Giriraj Singh, Rashtriya Janata Dal’s Tanvir Hasan in the closely watched contest.

The image, which shows Kanhaiya lying beneath a blanket, has gone viral with the caption which says, “So this is it. Kanhaiya Kumar has appealed to people to vote for alliance candidate Tanvir Hasan as his (Kanhaiya’s) health condition deteriorates. Says, he has done this to stop the rise of communal forces. CPI is yet to come out on the issue.”

(Translated from Hindi: यह हुई न बात…कन्हैया कुमार की हालत बिगड़ी, कन्हैया कुमार ने गठबंधन प्रत्याशी तनवीर हसन को समर्थन करने का किया ऐलान, कहा सांप्रदायिक ताकतों को रोकने के लिए लिया फैसला।)

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You can view the viral post here and access its archived version here.

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Fact Check

BOOM tried reaching out to Kanhaiya. We were able to get in touch with one of his aide’s who told us that the CPI leader was absolutely fine and was visiting booths on Monday.

“The news is absolutely fake and Kanhaiya is visiting the booths right now,” he said.

BOOM also ran a reverse image search on the viral image and found that the same picture was posted on a Kanhaiya Kumar fan page on Facebook on February 4, 2019.

While the page is not verified, it does share minute-by-minute updates of Kanhaiya’s campaign in Begusarai.

कई दिनो से बिमार हूँ । जल्द स्वस्थ होकर आपके सवालों के लिए लड़ता रहूंगाजय भीम! लाल सलाम ! !

Posted by Kanhaiya Kumar on Monday, February 4, 2019

The caption with the picture reads, “Unwell from several days. Will get well soon and fight for your rights. Jai Bhim! Lal Salam!!

(Hindi: कई दिनो से बिमार हूँ । जल्द स्वस्थ होकर आपके सवालों के लिए लड़ता रहूंगा
जय भीम! लाल सलाम ! ! )

BOOM also checked the CPI leader’s official Facebook page that has a picture of him after casting his vote. The picture posted at around 9.18 am shows him in good health.

वोट डालना आपका अधिकार ही नहीं, बल्कि कर्तव्य भी है। अगर आप राजनीति में दिलचस्पी नहीं लेंगे तो नेताओं की भी आपके बुनियादी…

Posted by Kanhaiya Kumar on Sunday, April 28, 2019

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Claim Review : Photo shows Kanhaiya Kumar pulling out of election due to health reasons, appeals to vote for RJD's Tanvir Hasan

Fact Check : FALSE


Sumit is a fact checker and the News Editor of Boom's Hindi wing. In the six years of his journalistic career, he has worked with the New Indian Express, Times of India and Deccan Chronicle. The dynamic nature of digital media finally made him take the leap from print to online, and don the hat of a digital detective.

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