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Fact-Check: Did Jyotiraditya Scindia Remove 'BJP' From His Twitter Bio?

Jyotiraditya Scindia had never added 'BJP' in his Twitter bio, even after joining the party in 2020.

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A screenshot of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader and Union Civil Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia's Twitter account is going viral on social media with a claim that he recently removed 'BJP' from his bio.

What does his Twitter bio read?: In the viral screenshot, Scindia's bio reads, "Union Minister for Civil Aviation & Steel, Govt. of India. Public servant & cricket enthusiast.”

Who shared it?: Madhya Pradesh Youth Congress' official Twitter page, General Secretary of Madhya Pradesh Kisan Congress Wasim Khan Meo, Congress leader Premchand Guddu also shared this claim along with several social media users.

The claim added that Scindia updated his bio after Congress won the Karnataka assembly elections and hinted at a possible "rebellion" in the BJP.

(Note: Swipe to see all screenshots of the claim.)

  • An archive can be seen here.

    (Source: Twitter/Screenshot)

(Archives of similar claims can be seen here and here.)

Did Scindia really remove 'BJP' from his bio?: Even after leaving Congress and joining BJP in 2020, Scindia had never added 'BJP' in his Twitter bio.

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How did we find out the truth?: We looked for archives of Scindia's Twitter page on Wayback Machine and found several archives from the year 2015 to 2023.

  • While checking the archives, we noticed that his bio was same as his current bio from the month of July 2021, and had no mention of the BJP.

Jyotiraditya Scindia had never added 'BJP' in his Twitter bio, even after joining the party in 2020.

This archive is from 13 July 2021.

(Source: Wayback Machine/ Screenshot)

Jyotiraditya Scindia had never added 'BJP' in his Twitter bio, even after joining the party in 2020.

This archive is from 21 May 2022.

(Source: Wayback Machine/ Screenshot)

  • We also checked archives from February 2023 and found the same bio without BJP's mention in it.

Jyotiraditya Scindia had never added 'BJP' in his Twitter bio, even after joining the party in 2020.

This archive is from 13 February 2023.

(Source: Wayback Machine/ Screenshot)

The only thing that has changed in Scindia's bio is the addition of 'Office Account: @Officejmscindia' since May 2023.

Scindia's take on this claim: Scindia took to Twitter to dismiss this viral claim. He took a dig at the Congress party in MP and said that the party only 'spreads lies and propaganda'.

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Scindia leaving Congress:

  • It should be noted that Scindia had resigned from the Congress in March 2020 and joined the BJP, leading to the fall of the Congress government in MP.

  • We also found that similar claims about Scindia leaving the BJP had been shared in 2020 and had been fact-checked by several news organisations.

Conclusion: Clearly, a false claim about Scindia removing 'BJP' from his Twitter bio is going viral.

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