On October 20, Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath kickstarted his election campaign for poll bound Bihar in Kaimur district. Since then an image that shows an aerial view of thousands of people gathered is being circulated on Facebook and Twitter with the claim that it shows CM Adityanath’s massive rally in Bihar.
The viral text associated with image reads in Hindi, “Crowd gathered to hear Yogi Adityanath at a rally in Bihar… The ground echoed with Jai Shri Ram chants.”
(Translated from योगी आदित्यनाथ को सुनने के लिए बिहार की एक रैली में उमड़ा जनसैलाब.. जय श्री राम के नारों से गूंजा मैदान)
The image was shared by Twitter user @Krishna29892392 drawing over 400 retweets. (archived link)
योगी आदित्यनाथ को सुनने के लिए बिहार की एक रैली में उमड़ा जनसैलाब.. जय श्री राम के नारों से गूंजा मैदान pic.twitter.com/urcDwuxOrB
— कृष्णा सिन्हा हिंदुस्तानी💕I Love My Followers (@Krishna29892392) October 21, 2020
Similarly, it was shared on Facebook by multiple users including Mukesh Kumar Saini’s (archived link) post on the group ‘Narendar Modi fans’, अर्जुन कुमार (Arjun Kumar, archived link) who posted the image on ‘Join BJP Group’ and Sanjay Singh (archived link). These posts were shared over 1,500 times cumulatively.
Six-year-old image reshared
The same image was shared on social media in March 2019 to project a show of strength at PM Modi’s West Bengal last year. Alt News verified that the image was from a Desh Gujarat article from 2014. As per this article, it was shot at PM Modi’s rally in Kolkata that took place in February 2014.
— Truth by IBTL (@ibtlx) February 5, 2014
The images from CM Adityanath’s rally in Ramghar, a city in Bihar’s Kaimur district, were tweeted by ANI. None of these shows a massive crowd of thousands.
Bihar: UP CM Yogi Adityanath addresses a public rally at Ramgarh in Kaimur district.
"NDA govt is working in Bihar's interest. Bihar is benefiting from govt formed under the leadership of PM Modi. Both Nitish & Modi govt gave free ration & gas to the poor of Bihar," he said. pic.twitter.com/B0AcNEGAcJ
— ANI (@ANI) October 20, 2020
Thus, an image from PM Modi’s 2014 rally in Kolkata was recently shared as CM Adityanath’s rally in Bihar ahead of state elections.