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Image Of Alms Distribution To Thai Monks Shared As Crowd At BJP’s Cooch Behar Rally

Image Of Alms Distribution To Thai Monks Shared As Crowd At BJP’s Cooch Behar Rally

The image is originally from an alms distribution ceremony for Buddhist monks, held in Thailand

An aerial photo showing rows of Buddhists monks in Thailand receiving alms from a crowd is being falsely shared as the turnout at a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) rally in Cooch Behar, West Bengal.

The text with the image claims, “this is a glimpse of the BJP rally in Bengal. It is Cooch Behar’s rally. Today Mamata will lose sleep.”

Translated from Hindi text -ये #बंगाल में #भाजपा की रैली का नजारा है, कूचबिहार की रैली, आज तो #ममता बंगाल की नींद गायब हो गयी होगी।।

The same picture has been shared on the Facebook page ‘Chowkidaar ‘Narendra Modi ‘

The archive of the Facebook post can be viewed here and here.

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BOOM ran a reverse image search on the photograph and found that it is originally from an alms distribution ritual that was held at the Samut Sakhon provice in Thailand in October, 2015.

The government and private sectors of the province organised the second alms offering ceremony for the residing monks. Alms were distributed to 10,000 Buddhist monks who had come from nine nearby provinces. The image, along with several other images from the ceremony, was uploaded on, a religious channel on Buddhist teachings.

Screenshot of dmctv featuring the same image
Screenshot of dmctv featuring the same image

We also found a 2015 Facebook post from a verified account featuring the same image.

อนุโมทนา ตักบาตรพระ 1 หมื่นรูป จ.สมุทรสาครขอให้พระพุทธศาสนาเจริญยิ่งๆขึ้นไปเทอญPlease rejoice in the merit of giving alms to 10,000 monks in Samutprakarn province

Posted by พระนพดล สิริวํโส on Saturday, October 24, 2015

Another photo of the same street clearly shows that they are Buddhist monks and not BJP supporters.

A different photo of the same street gives a clearer view

Prime Minister Narendra Modi held a rally in Cooch Behar on April 7, 2019 which saw a large turnout. (see the video below) However, the image shared on Facebook groups is from Bangkok.

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Claim Review : Photo shows a huge turnout at BJP's Cooch Behar rally in West Bengal

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Swasti Chatterjee is a fact-checker and the Deputy News Editor of Boom's Bangla team. She has worked in the mainstream media, in the capacity of a reporter and copy editor with The Times of India, The Indian Express and and is now working as a digital detective, debunking fake news.

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