Hyderabad: Social media users are claiming that Congress MLA Anil Upadhyay criticized his own party.
"Congress MLA Anil Upadhyay unknowingly spoke out but spoke the complete truth. Make this VIDEO viral, so that the entire Nation can see it (sic)," reads the message.
In the video, the man calls out Congress, Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi and asks why they did not say anything in the parliament against the CAA. He says about 100 people including politicians and journalists should be jailed and everything will be set right.
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The claim is false.
NewsMeter searched on MyNeta for BJP and Congress leaders by the name of Anil Upadhyay and did not find any person by the name ever contesting an election.
From the viral video, we noticed a logo with the words The Newspaper Exclusive and found a Facebook page for a Delhi-based local news channel. We noticed that the page had changed its name to The Newspaper from The Newspaper Exclusive.
We found the video uploaded on their YouTube page on March 5, 2020. In the YouTube upload the channel identifies the man only as 'Professor' and thumbnail reads, 'Rahul Gandhi पर प्रोफेसर ने ऐसा क्या कहा कि लोगों ने गोद में उठा लिया | Delhi'
In the video, the man is heard criticizing Congress leaders including Rahul Gandhi, and also calling out some journalists. The video does not name him and only refers to him as The Professor. We then looked through the YouTube channel's other videos and found an upload from March 7, 2021, where they identify the same man as Professor Vinay Singh a local leader from Delhi.
We then searched for Vinay Singh, a politician from Delhi, and found a FirstPost and a MyNeta link for a leader by the same name from Janashakti Party, who contested poll from Patparganj constituency.
Thus, the claim is false.