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Old Images Of BJP Workers Shared Ahead Of Bengal’s Assembly Election To Mislead Voters

Chairman of the Congress (INC) party’s social media department, Rohan Gupta shared two images with the caption, “BJP workers showing trailer of Bengal’s golden future!”

The image shows a group of people fighting with chairs being thrown around, some of whom can be seen wearing the Bharatiya Janata Party’s flag. 

Five Indian states—Assam, West Bengal, Kerala, Puducherry, and Tamil Nadu are gearing up for their State Assembly elections next week. All involved parties can be seen rallying and playing the unwarranted social media game to lure in voters. Related mis/disinformation is being circulated from party officials and social media users alike. 

More examples of the claim being shared by other online users can be seen below. 

One users caption with the images in context reads, “Cadres of BJP Bengal rehearsing inside their party office of how they will transform #Bengal into Sonar Bangla. #NoVoteToBJP”

More examples can be seen below. 

Facebook users shared similar claims

Also Read: Old Video Of Amit Shah Falling Revived Amid Bengal’s State Assembly Rally

Fact Check / Verification

Through a combination of Google reverse image search and relevant keywords we found a FirstPost article from 3 March 2016. Titled, “Crowds and clashes: The day before West Bengal went to the polls,” the article includes the viral images from the claim. 

Screenshot of a 2016 Firstpost article on BJP workers clashing in a meeting in Howrah via PTI
Screenshot of a 2016 Firstpost article on BJP workers clashing in a meeting in Howrah via PTI

Caption of the first image from the claim reads, “BJP workers clash with each other at a party workers’ convention for actress and BJP candidate from Howrah North Assembly constituency Rupa Ganguly in Howrah.” This image is credited to the Press Trust of India in the article. 

Screenshot of a 2016 Firstpost article on BJP workers clashing in a meeting in Howrah via PTI
Screenshot of a 2016 Firstpost article on BJP workers clashing in a meeting in Howrah via PTI

We also found the claim’s second image in the article, but taken from a different angle. 

Screenshot of a 2016 Firstpost article on BJP workers clashing in a meeting in Howrah via PTI
Screenshot of a 2016 Firstpost article on BJP workers clashing in a meeting in Howrah via PTI

On further search, we found these images shared by Twitter users in 2016. 

Times of India and Aaj Tak reported about the incident when BJP workers clashed with each other during a meeting attended by then BJP candidate Rupa Ganguly from UP’s Howrah seat. 

“Roopa and the party’s joint general secretary (organization) Shiv Prakash went to attend a party workers’ meeting in Shyam Gardens. Some leaders, who were reportedly not invited, tried to “gate-crash” into the meeting, one among them even attempting to reach the dais. This triggered the chaos,” reads the Times of India 2016 report. 

You can read about this claim in our Hindi and Bangla fact-checks as well. 

As of now, our sources include PTI and news reports. If we gather any new information on this claim, we will update this fact-check. 

Conclusion

Our research makes it clear that the viral images have nothing to with the upcoming Bengal election. These images are at least four years old. 

Result: Misplaced Context

Our Sources

Firstpost: https://www.firstpost.com/politics/crowds-and-clashes-the-day-before-west-bengal-went-to-the-polls-2710834.html

2016 Twitter post: https://twitter.com/SunnyBhullar23/status/717369145331875840

Times of India: https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/elections-2016/west-bengal-elections-2016/news/Faction-fight-mars-Roopas-maiden-poll-pitch/articleshow/51677667.cms

Aaj Tak: https://www.aajtak.in/elections/story/bjp-workers-were-fighting-among-themselves-in-rupa-gangulys-rally-in-bengal-election-365896-2016-04-03


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Nikita Vashisth
Nikita is a writer and editor for English fact-checking. She also leads projects to understand the misinformation and fake-news ecosystem—with an emphasis on data and psychology. Previously, she has worked with IndiaSpend, CNN-News18 and written for Citizen Matters and Mongabay-India on the environment, health, and politics. She’s a postgraduate of the Computational Journalism program at Cardiff University, Wales.

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