Two opinion poll graphics purporting to be run by Zee News and predicting a comprehensive win for the Congress party in the ongoing Uttarakhand assembly election, are morphed and fake.
In Uttarakhand, several opinion polls and surveys have predicted a close contest between the incumbent Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and its main opposition, the Congress. The BJP secured a thumping majority capturing 56 seats out of the 70 seats, restricting the Congress to just 11 seats in Uttarakhand assembly election 2017.
The viral graphics can be seen below. While one of the fake graphics predicts 52-55 seats for the Congress in Uttarakhand the other fake graphic claims the party could win 46-51 seats in the state.
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BOOM ran a reverse image search and found a Zee news article carrying a similar graphic mentioning the same header published on January 17, 2022. The original graphic predicted that both the parties, the BJP and the Congress, will fall short of majority in Uttarakhand. According to the Zee News opinion poll, Uttarakhand is likely to witness a tough contest between the BJP and the Congress.
While the BJP is likely to bag 31-35 seats out of the total 70, the Congress is expected to win 33-37. The comparison between the viral fake polls and the original Zee News' opinion poll graphic can be seen below.
The AAP might get 0-2 seats, 1 seat could get others - predicted the opinion poll.
The same data prediction was streamed live on Zee Uttar Pradesh UttaraKhand's official YouTube channel on Jan 17, 2022.