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Lok Sabha Polls: Old Video Falsely Linked To PM Modi’s Rally In Jalore

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Vasudha noticed the growing problem of mis/disinformation online after studying New Media at ACJ in Chennai and became interested in separating facts from fiction. She is interested in learning how global issues affect individuals on a micro level. Before joining Newschecker’s English team, she was working with Latestly.

Claim
Massive crowd at PM Narendra Modi’s recent rally in Jalore.

Fact
At least four-year-old video shared in false context.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed a public rally in Rajasthan’s Jalore on Sunday, as a part of the BJP’s political campaign for the ongoing Lok Sabha Elections. In this context, multiple social media users shared a video of a massive crowd  flooding a road, linking it to the PM Modi’s rally in Jalore. Newschecker found that the video is at least four-year-old, and has been shared in a false context.

The video is being widely shared on social media platforms with a claim to show  “visuals before PM Modi’s rally in Jalore.”

Such posts can be seen here, here, here and here.

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Addressing the rally, PM Modi targeted the Congress party and said, “In the first phase of voting, half of Rajasthan has punished Congress. Rajasthan, which is full of patriotism, knows that Congress can never make India strong…The Congress has hollowed out the country by spreading termites of nepotism and corruption. And today the country is angry with the Congress and is punishing it for these sins.”

Fact Check/Verification

We skimmed through the comment sections of X posts carrying the viral footage, and found multiple users pointing out that the video is actually from a 2019 Congress rally in Ramseen, Jalore.

Screengrabs from X

Taking a clue, we looked up keywords “रामसीन” and “कांग्रेस” on Facebook, and set the time period of the search to 2019. This yielded a post by @mangilalvishnoi043, dated April 25, 2019. Carrying the viral video, the post stated that the visuals are from a Congress rally in Jalore’s Ramseen.

Screengrab from Facebook post by @mangilalvishnoi043
(L-R) Screengrabs from Facebook post by @mangilalvishnoi043 and screengrabs from viral video

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Notably, the Congress did organise rallies at multiple places in Rajasthan, including Jalore, on April 25, 2019. Congress leader and former Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot had shared visuals from the meeting on his official X account.

Screengrab from X post by Ashok Gehlot

We also found  that the viral footage was uploaded to YouTube by SVG CSO on April 26, 2019 with the caption “Ramseen (Jalore) Congress Meeting (25/04/2019)”

Rally in Jalore
Screengrab from YouTube video by SVG CSO

However, we could not independently verify whether the video is from the 2019 Congress rally in Jalore or not.

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Conclusion

We could thus conclude that at least five-year-old video has been falsely shared to show massive crowd at PM Modi’s recent rally in Jalore

Result: False

Sources
Facebook Post By @mangilalvishnoi043, Dated April 25, 2019
YouTube Video By SVG CSO, Dated April 26, 2019


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Authors

Vasudha noticed the growing problem of mis/disinformation online after studying New Media at ACJ in Chennai and became interested in separating facts from fiction. She is interested in learning how global issues affect individuals on a micro level. Before joining Newschecker’s English team, she was working with Latestly.

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