Viral: IUML office building falsely claimed to be office of Congress party in Wayanad, Kerala

यह केरल के वायनाड में कांग्रेस पार्टी का कार्यालय अब आप अंदाजा लगाइए कांग्रेस ने अपने घोषणा पत्र में दरियादिली क्यों दिखाई (This is the office of the Congress party in Wayanad; now you can guess why Congress was so generous in its manifesto- translation).

Along with the above message, two photographs have been shared widely on social media. The photos show a green-coloured building marked by crescent and star. It is claimed that this building is the Congress party’s office in Wayanad. It may be noted that Wayanad has been in the news after Congress President Rahul Gandhi filed his nomination for the upcoming Lok Sabha election from there.

यह केरल के वायनाड में कांग्रेस पार्टी का कार्यालय अब आप अंदाजा लगाइए कांग्रेस ने अपने घोषणा पत्र में दरियादिली क्यों दिखाई

Posted by Ghar Ghar Yogi on Wednesday, April 3, 2019

The above has been posted by a Facebook page Ghar Ghar Yogi. It has also been posted by individual users in droves.

Office of IUML, not Congress 

The building seen in the photographs is the office of the Indian Union Muslim League (IUML). It is not the office of the Congress party.

In the above picture, the features of the office marked as 1, 2 and 3 are indicators of why it is the IUML office and not the office of the Congress party. As can be seen,

1. The symbol of the IUML is painted on the top left corner of the building. The party symbol of the IUML is the ladder.

2. The person in the poster seen on the left side in the image is Syed Muhammedali Shihab. Shihab was the President of the Kerala state committee of the Indian Union Muslim League. He passed away in 2009.

3. The words ‘Iqbal Nagar League House’ are written on the top right corner of the building, in Malayalam.

Congress has been targeted repeatedly on social media over IUML motifs, particularly the banner of the party which is green in colour and has a crescent on it. This party banner has often been claimed to be the Pakistani flag, in order to portray the Congress party as sympathetic to Pakistan and Pakistanis. It may be noted that the IUML and the Congress party are in a pre-poll alliance in Kerala for the Lok Sabha election.

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