The election of 200 assembly seats in Rajasthan is set on November 25, however in the lead-up to that date, a number of false and misleading reports about the state are being maliciously disseminated on social media. In this environment, a video purporting to show that BJP workers in a Rajasthani village were assaulted and chained to trees while the people sang anti-BJP slogans has surfaced. But once India TV fact-checked the video, they discovered that it is three years old and has nothing to do with the next assembly elections.
On November 12, 2023, a user going by the moniker “newsninehindi” posted this video to Instagram. More than 74,000 people have liked it. This video is accompanied by the remark, “People beat and tied BJP workers to trees.”
“Workers were tied to a tree and beaten, slogans were raised against the BJP,” the text inside the video further states. It is claimed that the footage is from a Rajasthani village.” In this video, a person can be seen burning the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) flag next to some persons who are being tied to trees by a mob. In the meantime, many in the vicinity are yelling anti-BJP slogans.
We started searching for information related to this news on Google using keyword search. In the search results, we found a news article on the Navbharat Times website. The headline of the article was, “Angry at not getting tickets, BJP workers tied officials to a tree.” This news was published on November 10, 2020. According to this NBT report, the anger of workers due to not getting tickets has come to the fore in the Panchayat Raj elections in the Nagaur district of Rajasthan. The workers vented their anger on the BJP’s Bhairund Mandal president and his fellow officials. Due to the workers’ dissatisfaction with not getting tickets, they tied officials to a tree. During this incident, the anger of the workers was so intense that they even burned the BJP flag and continued sloganeering against the party.
Not only that but in this news, a three-year-old video of BJP workers being tied to a tree was also found. In this news as well, angry workers tied some people to a tree and set fire to the BJP flag. Additionally, people in the video were chanting slogans against the BJP. The video shows the party officials tied to the tree were crying.