Fact Check: Old video of BSP bike rally in Jhansi shared as recent one from Bihar

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A video of a bike rally is being shared on social media with a claim that it is of a recent BSP (Bahujan Samaj Party) rally in Bihar.
“रैली नही ये रेला है, बसपाइयो का मेला है। बिहार चुनाव के लिए बसपा को बड़ी तादात में जनसमर्थन मिल रहा है। #बिहार_मांगे_बसपा_शासन,” the claim read.
(Translation: This is not a rally, it is fair, it is fair of the BSP people. BSP is getting a lot of public support for the Bihar elections. # Bihar_Mange_BSP_Government)

Here’s the link to the above post.
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NewsMobile fact-checked the post and found the video to be old.
We ran a keyword search on YouTube using ‘BSP bike rally’ and found that the same video was uploaded on YouTube on December 30, 2016.
The video title read: Memorable bike rally Jhansi Sitaram Kushwaha BSP candidate- shooted lalit kushwaha

While examining the YouTube video carefully, we also found a date in one of the placards being carried by the supporters. The date read: December 27, 2016.

We also noticed that the bikes in the rally had the number plates of Uttar Pradesh and not Bihar.

The video was uploaded by Lalit Kushwaha, so, we found his Facebook Page and reached out to him.
“My name is Lalit Kushwaha. I uploaded this video of my relative Mr Sitaram Kushwaha (former candidate of Jhansi Assembly seat),” he told NewsMobile.
He also sent us a clearer picture of the placard.

The text on the placard read: District Level Brotherhood Conference – Power Demonstration. Venue – Muktakanshi Manch Jhansi. (Translation via Google)
Hence, from the above information, it is clear that it is a 2016 video from Jhansi and not a recent one from Bihar.

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