Six fact-checking groups have come together in India to launch ‘Ekta’, a consortium of Indian fact-checking groups certified by the International Fact-Checking Network (IFCN) to share verified information, insights and trends related to the 2021 Legislative Assembly elections in India. Ekta means “unity” in Hindi.
Elections can be a challenging time for fact-checkers, given the potential impact of false and misleading political information on democratic processes.
India has entered a busy election season with polls in four state assembly and one union territory in West Bengal, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Assam and Puducherry between March and April 2021. Of these, West Bengal will go to polls first and is expected to be the most contentious state election. It is among the handful of states where the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), the current ruling party at the centre, is not in power. Stakes are high both for the BJP and the current Trinamool Congress (TMC) government in West Bengal that is fighting to retain its ten year turf.
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