Various social media handles of the Indian National Congress (INC) shared an image of two men from the Hindu and Muslim communities holding a poster of the party. The image has been shared ahead of the upcoming poll in Uttar Pradesh.

It was posted by UP East Youth Congress on Twitter and Facebook (1, 2).

This image was shared on several Facebook groups, including politician Jittu Gaharwar and We Support Indian National Congress.

#AaRahiHaiCongress

गंगा जमुनी तहजीब की तस्वीर
चंद ज़हरीले लोगो के जहर से
खत्म नही होने वाली।

ये तस्वीर इस और भी…

Posted by Jittu Gaharwar on Monday, 10 January 2022

Morphed image

Alt News performed a reverse image search and found another version of the image where the same men can be seen holding a poster of West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee. This image was posted on March 3, 2021, by Facebook user Prabir Kar Rajarhat Newtown.

The image was posted by Banerjee’s political campaign’s FB page ‘Didi Ke Bolo’ on March 2 last year. A day prior to Prabir Kar’s post.

‘সামাজিক ঐক্য দিচ্ছে রায়
বাংলা নিজের মেয়েকেই চায়’

আপনি কি আগামী দিনেও বাংলায় উন্নয়ন চান?
তাহলে, এই ওয়েবসাইটে গিয়ে…

Posted by Didi Ke Bolo on Tuesday, 2 March 2021

To sum it up, Congress posted a doctored image of two men from different communities holding a party poster in order to show that both the communities support them.

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Archit is a senior fact-checking journalist at Alt News. Previously, he has worked as a producer at WION and as a reporter at The Hindu. In addition to work experience in media, he has also worked as a fundraising and communication manager at S3IDF.