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Altered Photo of Congress Manifesto for Uttar Pradesh Elections Goes Viral

The Congress manifesto, which was launched on 21 January, was named "Bharti Vidhan," and not "Ayega toh Yogi hi."

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A photograph of Congress leaders Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi holding a book titled, "Ayega toh Yogi hi," has gone viral with a claim that it showed the party's manifesto for the upcoming 2022 Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections.

But we found that the image was an altered one and that the Congress manifesto was titled "Bharti Vidhan," which carried the party's plan to provide employment to the state's youth.

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CLAIM

Those sharing the viral image attempted to take a dig at the Congress and said, "कांग्रेस ने उत्तर प्रदेश में अपना घोषणा पत्र जारी किया। आएंगे तो योगीजी ही".

[Translation: The Congress released its manifesto in Uttar Pradesh. Yogiji will come to power.]

<div class="paragraphs"><p>An archive of the post can be found <a href="https://perma.cc/TBH8-FSMY">here</a>.</p></div>

An archive of the post can be found here.

(Source: Facebook/Screenshot)

More such posts were made on Facebook and Twitter, archives of which can be found here and here.

WHAT WE FOUND OUT

We conducted a keyword search for the Congress manifesto for the 2022 UP elections and found news reports of Priyanka and Rahul Gandhi launching the manifesto on 21 January.

The manifesto was titled "Bharti Vidhan" and was dubbed the 'recruitment manifesto', which discusses the party's plan to provide employment to Uttar Pradesh's youth.

"We don't bring hollow words, but a strategy for how we will give you employment. This is what is there in our manifesto. To make this manifesto, the Congress has talked to the UP youth, and held meetings with them. We have put their ideas into the manifesto," Rahul had said at the launch event.

We found the viral image on Rahul's Twitter handle, and the cover of the manifesto said, "Bharti Vidhan".

<div class="paragraphs"><p>Comparison of the original image with the viral image.</p></div>

Comparison of the original image with the viral image.

(Photo: Altered by The Quint)

Evidently, the photograph of the Congress leaders sharing the election manifesto for the upcoming UP elections was altered to mislead people.

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