Several Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) handles on Sunday shared an image of a packed Brigade Parade Ground from a 2019 Left rally to falsely claim that it is from March 7, 2021, when Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited the same ground to campaign.
The same image was viral on February 28 when the Congress, Left parties and Indian Secular Front (ISF) held a rally at the Brigade ground to announce a third front, ahead of the West Bengal assembly elections.
The verified handle of BJP Punjab also posted the image with the caption, "I've been fortunate enough to address hundreds of rallies in political life, but in such a long term I've ever been blessed with such a huge crowd I've seen today. - PM Mr.#NarendraModi #ModirSatheBrigade"
(Original texts in Hindi: राजनीतिक जीवन में सैकड़ों रैलियों को संबोधित करने का सौभाग्य मिला है, लेकिन इतने लंबे कार्यकाल में मैंने कभी इतने बड़े विशाल जन समूह का हमें आशीर्वाद मिला हो ऐसा दृश्य मुझे आज देखने को मिला है। - पीएम श्री #NarendraModi जी)
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Gayathri Raguramm, president of the art and culture wing of BJP, Tamil Nadu, tweeted the image with the caption "Modi Ocean in Bengal."
BOOM ran a reverse image search on the image and found the picture in several articles from 2019.
Reports published in websites Peoples Dispatch, Peoples Democracy and Social News in February 2019 use the same image stating that thousands of Left parties workers had attended a Left Front-led rally held at Kolkata's Brigade Parade ground on February 3, 2019. According to the reports, the rally was held against the BJP-led government at the centre and the TMC-led government in the state.
The same picture published on India Content website with a captions 'Kolkata Workers of leftist parties participate in a Left Front rally at the Brigade Parade ground in Kolkata on Feb 3 2019' credits wire agency IANS for the photo.
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