Ahead of the West Bengal assembly elections, Prime Minister Modi addressed his first rally at the Brigade Parade Ground in Kolkata. Soon after pictures of the rally showing a massive crowd started circulating on social media. Among them were pictures of rallies of other political parties shared as PM Modi’s rally by enthusiastic BJP leaders and supporters.

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One such picture was shared by BJP Tamil Nadu, BJP Punjab and BJP members Tajinder Bagga, SG Suryah, Bhanu Jalan and CA OP Mishra.

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Interestingly the same image was shared by several Congress supporters last week as a joint rally of Congress, CPI(M) and Indian Secular Front (ISF). Alt News had fact-checked the claim.

Fact-check

A reverse image search performed by Alt News revealed that the image is of a Left Front rally from 2019. The image was published by Social News XYZ in 2019 with a caption stating that it shows a Left Front rally at the Brigade Parade Ground, Kolkata on February 3, 2019. The photo is credited to IANS.

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The image of the rally was also tweeted by CPI(M) West Bengal last year.

The picture shows a massive crowd, marked with red flags of the Left front parties. The picture tweeted by BJP supporters is a slightly blurred version where the red can be mistaken for saffron.

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A second image was shared by BJP member O.P. Mishra asking “how’s the josh”.

Fact-check

A reverse image search reveals that this image is of a Left Front rally from 2014.

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A spike in misinformation is often seen before elections and West Bengal Assembly elections are no exception. However, it is noteworthy that a large crowd had gathered for PM Modi’s address at Brigade Parade Ground.

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