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Lok Sabha Polls: I.N.D.I Bloc Leading In 10 States? No, Viral Newspaper Cutting Is Fabricated

Authors

Vasudha noticed the growing problem of mis/disinformation online after studying New Media at ACJ in Chennai and became interested in separating facts from fiction. She is interested in learning how global issues affect individuals on a micro level. Before joining Newschecker’s English team, she was working with Latestly.

Pankaj Menon is a fact-checker based out of Delhi who enjoys ‘digital sleuthing’ and calling out misinformation. He has completed his MA in International Relations from Madras University and has worked with organisations like NDTV, Times Now and Deccan Chronicle online in the past.

Claim

A survey by Dainik Bhaskar and Nielsen has predicted that the I.N.D.I bloc is leading in 10 states in upcoming Lok Sabha Polls. 

Such posts can be seen here, here, here and here.

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Fact

A keyword search for “Dainik Bhaskar, Lok Sabha Polls,” and “survey” on Google led us to articles by the outlet  detailing results of its “Meri Vote, Meri Marzi” survey. It was conducted from April 1 to April 6 in 308 Lok Sabha constituencies.

The survey focussed on two major aspects. Firstly “What is the biggest issue for the respondents who want to vote, and what are their demands from their future MP?” Secondly, “Why does a respondent don’t want to vote, and what is the biggest problem in their area?”

Screengrab from Dainik Bhaskar website

The outlet has so far released two analytical reports on the conclusions from its survey, none of which shows any such lead to I.N.D.I bloc. These reports can be seen here and here.

On carefully analysing the image, we noticed “Bhopal,” and “April 13, 2024” mentioned in the date/place line.

Viral image

We then looked up Dainik Bhaskar’s Bhopal issue on April 13, 2024, and found that its front page did not carry any such survey results.

I.N.D.I Bloc leading in 10 states ?
Authentic Dainik Bhaskar Bhopal edition e-paper, dated April 13, 2024

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Furthermore, in an X post, dated April 13, 2024, Dainik Bhaskar has clarified that the viral image showing I.N.D.I bloc leading in 10 states as per the news outlet’s survey is fake.

We could thus conclude that the viral image claiming that Dainik Bhaskar-Nielsen survey has predicted that the I.N.D.I bloc is leading in 10 states is fabricated.

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Result: False

Sources
X Post By @DainikBhaskar, Dated April 13, 2024
Dainik Bhaskar E-Paper, Bhopal Edition, Dated April 13, 2024


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Authors

Vasudha noticed the growing problem of mis/disinformation online after studying New Media at ACJ in Chennai and became interested in separating facts from fiction. She is interested in learning how global issues affect individuals on a micro level. Before joining Newschecker’s English team, she was working with Latestly.

Pankaj Menon is a fact-checker based out of Delhi who enjoys ‘digital sleuthing’ and calling out misinformation. He has completed his MA in International Relations from Madras University and has worked with organisations like NDTV, Times Now and Deccan Chronicle online in the past.

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