The clipping also mentions that the amount will be deducted from mobile recharge if a person does not have a bank account.
What are users saying?: While several users have shared it to warn others, others have criticised the apparent decision taken by Election Commission of India (ECI).
Are these claims true?: No, the claim is false and no such announcement has been made by ECI.
The newspaper clipping in the viral claim was first shared as a satirical piece in 2019 on the occasion of Holi.
Since then, it is being circulated as an actual announcement.
How did we find out?: We looked for reports on Google to check if ECI had made such an announcement of deducting money from voters' account.
This led us to a post shared on the official X (formerly Twitter) of 'Spokesperson ECI'.
The post dismissed the viral claim and termed it as fake news.
A recurring claim: The Quint had fact-checked the same claim in 2019, where it found that the report was published as a satirical piece by Hindi daily Navbharat Times on the occasion of Holi.
At the top of the article, we saw the words 'Jokes' and 'Fake News'.
The report mentioned the words, "बुरा न मानो होली है" (Translation: Don't feel offended, it's Holi).
We found the online version of the report, which too carried the same disclaimer towards the end.
Conclusion: An image of a satirical newspaper clipping is being shared on the internet with a false claim that ECI will deduct Rs 350 from voters' bank accounts if they don't vote.
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