Hyderabad: An image of a young man in a gaudy outfit, colored hair, and earrings has gone viral. Users claim that the man in the picture is Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Channi who was a singer before he became a politician.
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The claim is false.
With the help of keyword search and taking hints from the printed viral image where Anand is written, we looked for ' Tere Honge Chandriye Phere" and "Charanjit Channi". NewsMeter found many other Punjabi songs were uploaded on YouTube videos under Anand music in October 2018.
We found that India Today debunked the claim and spoke to Charanjit Channi, the original singer of the music, and his family.
"His son Karandeep confirmed to us that the viral image is from his father's album `Tere Honge Chandriye Phere'. We reached out to Charanjit, who now resides in the Philippines, on WhatsApp," the report said.
Confirming his credentials, Charanjit said the song was recorded in the early 1990s. "I cannot remember the exact year, but this is the picture of my album Tere Honge Chandriye Phere," he told India Today.
Further, we found an interview of Charanjit's on a Punjabi YouTube channel `NewsNumber' uploaded in January 2019.
We also noticed that no mainstream media has reported that he was a singer before entering politics. He completed his Master's in Business administration.
Evidently, singer Charanjit Channi has been mistaken as the new Chief Minister of Punjab.
Hence the claim is false.