Three-year-old Nagpur Rally Image Falsely Shared As 2019 By Youth Congress

The image is originally of a 2016 rally of Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi, held in Nagpur
Rahul Gandhi's rally of 2016 is falsely used as that of his recent rally in Nagpur

A photo from a 2016 Congress rally in Nagpur was shared by the official handle of Indian Youth Congress with false claims that the image show the high turn out at the recent rally held by Rahul Gandhi on April 4, 2019.

One among the four images, which was tweeted by the Youth Congress, and later tweeted by several Congress party workers, is from a rally that the party held in Nagpur in 2016 and not from 2019 as the tweet claimed.

The Youth Congress on Thursday tweeted a set of four images with the caption, “The enormous wave of love and support for Congress President Shri @RahulGandhi from every corner of India is testament that India rejects Modi's hate politics and embraces Rahul ji's ideology of love, unity and progress. Today in Nagpur.”

The Youth Congress’ tweet can be viewed below and its archived version here.

Youth Congress' tweet

A Congress party worker's tweet

Punjab Pradesh Congress Sevadal tweeted the same photo

The image was also tweeted by Vinayak Dalmia, the spokesperson of the party.

The photograph was also tweeted by Vinayak Dalmia

Fact Check

BOOM analysed the four images and observed that one of the images in the set was grainier than the rest. The same image also had a watermark of Nagpur Today, a Nagpur based news portal and publication house.

A keyword search with Congress Rally and Nagpur Today, custom ranged with time, led us to an article published by Nagpur Today on April 11, 2016. The photo was published with an article about Sonia and Rahul Gandhi's rally from 2016 in Nagpur.

Photo claiming to be from 2019 , shows the same crowd as 2016. The photo was found originally on Nagpur Today's site
The image was clicked by Nagpur Today's in-house photographer Sandeep Burghate
The photo was originally published in Nagpur Today on April 11, 2016

BOOM reached out to Neelabh Kumar, the news editor of Nagpur Today, who confirmed that the image was taken by their in-house photographer Sandeep Burghate in 2016. “We are aware of the image that is doing the rounds on several social media platforms. We would want to state that the image belongs to Nagpur Today and had been shot in 2016 and not in the recent rally as is being claimed,” Kumar said.

The same photo was tweeted by Gaurav Pandhi a Congress supporter on April 11, 2016 a day after the rally held by Sonia and Rahul Gandhi in Nagpur.

Gaurav Pandhi's Tweet

Claim Review :  Huge turnout at Congress gathering in Nagpur
Claimed By :  Twitter users
Fact Check :  FALSE
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