Hyderabad: A video of a disabled person getting up from his wheelchair and walking away after receiving a blanket is being circulated in social media as part of AAP's propaganda. The video clip was posted on Twitter with a tweet that read: "AAP propaganda video. Blankets were distributed to disabled persons. It looks like the director forgot to say "cut" and the person starts 'Walking' away from his wheelchair. Magic blanket indeed!! is this True? Then AAP is dangerous party. (sic)"

The video, with captions in both Hindi and English, has gone viral on both Twitter and Facebook.


Fact Check:

NewsMeter first checked the banners that can be seen in the background. It clearly read 'Digital Saksharata Samsthan NGO'. We did a Google search using keywords Digital Saksharata Samsthan NGO and found the NGO's Twitter account. The blanket distribution programme was conducted by the NGO and NOT the AAP party as is being claimed.

On 19 January 2020, the NGO had organised an event to distribute blankets to disabled people in Seohara, a city in Bijnor district, Uttar Pradesh. NewsMeter also found some local newspaper articles about the event and the NGO had also uploaded videos of the event in its Twitter account.

NewsMeter also found Saksharata Samsthan's Facebook page.

The NGO shared a video published by a local news channel Abhi Tak, which claims that the person walking off after receiving the blanket holds a disability card that shows he is 40 per cent disabled. His unique disability card was also shared online.

Unique Disability Card

Hence, the claim that AAP is distributing blankets as part of propaganda for the upcoming elections is FALSE. This event was conducted by an NGO and the person walking off after receiving the blanket holds a Unique disability ID showing he is 40 per cent disabled.

Satya Priya BN

Motivated professional with a zeal to learn, Sathya Priya has more than 5 years of experience as a Content and Digital manager in Press, Electronic and Digital media. She is Andhra Pradesh government accredited Multimedia Journalist. Ms Priya has worked for more than 4 years as Web and Digital media manager in Bhaarat Today, telugu TV channel. Along with news, she has experience in television program production. Demonstrated excellent management and leadership skills to lead the Digital Media staff. Worked collaboratively with staff, management and IT support. A science Post Graduate, with great computing skills, She is a fact checker certified by Google News Initiative. She has also completed Fundamentals of Digital Marketing Certification from Google.

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