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Did Multiple BJP Candidates Get Identical Votes of 2,11,820?

Did Multiple BJP Candidates Get Identical Votes of 2,11,820?

Election Commission’s website confirms that the number of votes shown on the viral post is completely different from what the ECI uploaded on its website

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Social media is abuzz with a viral post which falsely claims that several candidates of Bharatiya Janata Party and Congress party got the exact same numbers of votes: 2,11,820 and 1,40,295 respectively. The post accompanies a message which reads: How is this possible without EVM setting?

(Hindi: बिना EVM सेटिंग ये कैसे सम्भव हो सकता है |)

While the post goes on to name seven candidates from BJP and mentions the number of votes each of them have received, it mentions only the votes received by the Congress candidates skipping their names. Interestingly, the number of votes polled by all the BJP candidates are 2,11,820 while that by the Congress candidates are 1,40,295.

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The archived version of the post, which is being shared widely on Twitter and Facebook currently, can be accessed here.

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Viral on Facebook pages
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Fact Check

All the seven BJP candidates named in the post had contested the election from different constituencies in Uttar Pradesh. The names of seven candidates and their constituencies are listed below:

Bharatiya Janta Party

  • Bhola Singh (Bulandshahar)
  • Maneka Gandhi (Sultanpur)
  • Upendra Narsing (Barabanki)
  • Harish Dwivedi (Basti)
  • Satyapal Singh (Bagpat)
  • Sang Mitra Maurya (Badaun)
  • Kunwar Bhartendra Singh (Bijnour)

BOOM checked the Election Commission of India’s website to find out the poll count. We found that the number of votes shown on the viral post is completely different from what the ECI uploaded on its website.

Here are the number of votes received by the BJP candidates as mentioned on the ECI website.

  • Bhola Singh: 6,77,196
  • Maneka Gandhi: 4,58,281
  • Upendra Narsing: 5,35,594
  • Harish Dwivedi: 4,69,214
  • Satyapal Singh: 5,19,631
  • Sang Mitra Maurya: 5,10,343
  • Kunwar Bhartendra Singh: 4,88,061

Given below are the screen shots of the vote shares in all the seven constituencies.

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BJP’s Bulandshahar candidate Bhola Singh’s vote share is 6,77,196 and not 2,11,820 as mentioned in the viral post
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Maneka Gandhi, BJP’s candidate from Sultanpur has received 4,58,281 votes
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Upendra Singh Rawat who fought on BJP ticket from Barabaki won 5,35,594 votes
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Basti BJP candidate Harish Dwivedi got 4,69,214 votes
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BJP Baghpat candidate Satyapal Singh’s vote share was 5,19,631 votes
badaun
Sanghamitra Maurya, BJP Badaun candidate, received 5,10,343 votes
Bhartendra Singh, BJP Bijnor candidate, won 4,88,061 votes

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Claim Review : EVMs were rigged as seven BJP candidates got exact same number of votes - 2,11,820

Fact Check : FALSE

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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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