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Man Speaking Against People Raising 'Anti-India' Slogans Is Not Ujjain Collector

The video is from August 2021 & shows BJP MLA Rameshwar Sharma speaking against those raising 'anti-India' slogans.

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Man Speaking Against People Raising 'Anti-India' Slogans Is Not Ujjain Collector
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A video which shows a person making strong remarks against people who raise 'anti-India' slogans is being shared on the internet with users identifying him as the district collector of Ujjain.

An archive of the post can be seen here.

(Source: Facebook/Screenshot)

(More archives to similar posts can be found here, here, and here.) We received a query about the viral video on WhatsApp tipline.

Are these claims true?: No. The video dates back to August 2021 and shows Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MLA from Madhya Pradesh, Rameshwar Sharma, making statements against those raising 'anti-India' slogans.


What led us to the truth?: A keyword search led us to a report published on ETV Bharat. It carried visuals of the same person seen in the viral video.

  • The report identified him as BJP MLA Rameshwar Sharma. It said that Sharma's statements has stirred a row in the state.

  • Sharma was reacting to the incident where several people allegedly raised "anti-India" slogans on the occasion of Moharram.

  • He mentioned that those who raise anti-national slogans will be crushed by the government.

The report was published on 23 August 2021.

(Source: ETV Bharat/Screenshot)

Collector of Ujjain: According to the district's website, Kumar Purushottam serves as the Collector and District Magistrate.

Purushottam is the Collector of the district according to the official website.

(Source: District Ujjain website/Screenshot/Altered by The Quint)

  • A comparison between a picture of Purushottam and the person in the viral video clearly shows that it was not him who was seen in the clip.

A comparison shows that it was not the collector of Ujjain who was seen in the viral video.

(Source: District Ujjain website/Screenshot/Altered by The Quint)

A recurring video: The video has been shared several times over the years. The Quint had previously fact-checked the same video where users misidentified Sharma as Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma. You can read our story here.

Conclusion: It is clear that the video is being shared on social media platforms with users misidentifying the person as the collector of Ujjain.

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