Hyderabad: A false claim that the BJP had won 20 out of 26 seats in the 'recently held' Chandigarh Municipal Corporation elections has gone viral on social media. Netizens share the result as "BJP-20, Congress-4, Akali Dal-1, Others-1".
Ashoke Pandit an Indian filmmaker and social activist shared the same on Twitter (archive).
NewsMeter found that the claim is false as the result of the election was not recent but from 2016.
We searched online with the keywords "Chandigarh Municipal Corporation Election Result" and found a report by the Hindustan Times from December 2016 which stated that the BJP won 20 seats out of 26 in Chandigarh Municipal Corporation polls during the 2016 elections.
Using this information, we searched on the official website of the Chandigarh Government and found the 2016 MCC result (party-wise) and found that the viral results matched the 2016 poll results. This showed that a 5-year-old election result has been falsely shared as a recent result.
Secondly, according to the Punjab Municipal Corporation Act, 1976, the mayor of the corporation is elected every year, while the municipal corporation elections are held every five years. Since the last election was in 2016, it is clear that no such elections has taken place in 2021 yet.
The results of the 2016 elections were falsely revived as recent data.