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New Delhi: A video in which school children can be seen taking an oath to vote against the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has gone viral on social media.

In the video, the children can be heard repeating this refrain, following the dictation of a male voice: “Main Bharatiya Janata Party ko vote nahi dunga. Na hi Bharatiya Janata Party ke kisi karyakarta ka samarthan karunga. Mai ye bhi shapath leta hu ki 24 ghante ke bheetar, kam se kam 3 logon ko main iss tarah ki shapath ke liye prerit karunga (I won’t vote for the BJP and won’t support any of its workers. I also vow to encourage at least 3 more people to take a similar oath within the next 24 hours).”

On Twitter, some users called it a ‘conspiracy’ in schools against the country, and called for action against the principal of the school.

Fact check

The video in question is not recent, it is from 26 January 2018 and has been pulled out of context. It is from Itarsi’s Vijayalakshmi Training Institute, and while students did take a pledge to never vote for the saffron party, they did it as a sign of protest against online examinations.

In the video, the students can be heard saying, “jab tak online pariksha band nahi kari jati, tab tak main Bharatiya Janata party ko vote nahi dunga (until and unless online examinations are suspended, I won’t vote for the BJP).”

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