BJP Leader’s Post Comparing Modi & Rahul’s Rallies is Misleading
A post first shared by Kailash Vijayvargiya, the National General Secretary of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on his official Facebook page has been doing the rounds on social media.
The post has two collages of people allegedly coming out in Varanasi and Wayanad to support Narendra Modi and Rahul Gandhi when they went to file their nominations for the 2019 Lok Sabha Elections respectively, with the caption :
“दो नामांकन की दो तस्वीरें !!!श्री नरेंद्र मोदी जी ने वाराणसी से नामांकन पत्र भरा और राहुल गाँधी ने वायनाड से!दोनों तस्वीरे देखिए, तय कर लें कि देश को क्या बनाना है वाराणसी या वायनाड? आपका ये फैसला देश का भविष्य तय करेगा!”
which loosely translates to :
“Two photos of two nominations! Shri Narendra Modi filed his nomination papers from Varanasi and Rahul Gandhi filed his from Wayanad! See both pictures, and decide what our country should be like – Varanasi or Wayanad? Your decision will decide the future of the country!”
The post had more than 1,100 shares, 3,600 reactions and more than 500 comments at the time this article was written.
TRUE OR FALSE
On cropping the images from the collage and conducting a reverse image search, The Quint found out that the pictures are neither from Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s nomination nor Congress President Rahul Gandhi’s.
Similarly, another picture was traced back to a Shabir Shah rally in Srinagar on 30 May 2015, which again appeared in The Hindu .
The third picture, it was discovered, was not from India but Pakistan. The photo was traced to 2011 rally held by PML-N’s Shahbaz Sharif against the then Pakistan President Zardari .
The next picture is of IUML workers celebrating the by-election victory at Malappuram Junction on 17 April 2017, according to a news report by The Hindu.
WHAT OF THE PHOTOS PUT UP TO DISPLAY MODI’S SHOW OF STRENGTH?
Meanwhile, the collage put up by Vijayvargiya to show Modi’s following at his nomination roadshow in Varanasi are true, as can be seen below.
Each of the photos were traced back to 24 April, a day prior to when Modi filed his nomination, on various news websites.
Thus, while the photos depicting a ‘saffron wave’ at Modi’s nomination rally are true, albeit they are from a day prior to the actual nomination date, the photos used to show Gandhi’s “supporters” in Wayanad are from other unrelated occasions.
The post is manufactured to mislead the voters especially in light of the crucial time of the ongoing 2019 Lok Sabha Elections .