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Altered Screenshot of Opinion Poll Predicts Congress Win in Uttarakhand

The original opinion poll predicted 31-35 seats for BJP and 33-37 seats for Congress.

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A screenshot of an opinion poll is being circulated online to claim that the poll has predicted a victory for the Indian National Congress (INC) in Uttarakhand, where elections were held in a single phase on 14 February.

The result for the 70-member Assembly will be declared on 10 March and as per this poll, Congress is likely to win between 46-51 seats, while the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) might get somewhere between 17-21 seats.

However, we found that the screenshot has been altered. The original screenshot, which is of Hindi news channel Zee News, showed 31-35 seats for BJP and 33-37 seats for Congress.

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CLAIM

Two renditions of this screenshot are doing the rounds on social media. One claims to predict that Congress is likely to win 46-51 seats, while the other predicts 52-55 seats for Congress.

  • Archived version of the post can be seen here.

    (Source: Facebook/Screenshot)

Several other archived version of the posts can be seen here and here.

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WHAT WE FOUND OUT

We noticed that the screenshot carried the logo of the Hindi news channel Zee News.

The original opinion poll predicted 31-35 seats for BJP and 33-37 seats for Congress.

The screenshot carried the logo of Zee News. 

(Source: Facebook/Screenshot)

Taking a cue from here, we looked at Zee News' YouTube channel and searched with keywords 'Opinion Poll Uttarakhand'.

We found a news bulletin from 18 January 2022, with the title "Zee Opinion Poll: Uttarakhand में किसे कितनी सीटें? | Uttarakhand Election | Harish Rawat Exclusive".

On going through the bulletin, we found the same screenshot at around one-minute mark, which predicted neck-and-neck competition between BJP and Congress and showed 31-35 seats for BJP and 33-37 seats for Congress.

The source of the survey was mentioned as Zee News and DesignBoxed.

The original opinion poll predicted 31-35 seats for BJP and 33-37 seats for Congress.

Comparison of the two screenshot shows that the bulletin has been altered. 

(Source: Facebook/Zee News/Altered by The Quint)

Clearly, an altered bulletin is being shared to falsely claim that a survey by Zee News predicted a landslide victory for Congress.

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