Did Rahul Gandhi visit Cambridge University to address 18 people in their cafeteria?

The Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra took a five-day break from February 26 to March 1. Jairam Ramesh, Congress MP posted on his X account on February 21, “February 26th to March 1st will be break days to enable Rahul Gandhi to fulfill his long-standing commitment to deliver two special lectures at his alma mater Cambridge University (UK) on February 27th and February 28th and also to enable him to attend other important meetings in New Delhi.”

Rahul Gandhi’s Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra restarted in Rajasthan’s Dholpur district on Saturday on March 2, 2024 afternoon. Joined by former chief minister Ashok Gehlot, Rajasthan AICC in-charge Sukhjinder Randhawa, and fellow leaders, Rahul rode in an open jeep, exchanging greetings with party workers holding the party flag.

An image of Rahul Gandhi wearing a chinese collar black formal suit image was posted by Tamil Nadu Congress committee official X handle page with the caption, “Rahul Gandhi in Cambridge University”. The same image was shared by Congress representatives and supporters can be seen here, herehere, here, here, and here.

Some of the right wing supporters including Rishi Bagree shared the same image along with another image from the same location to claim that Rahul Gandhi went to Cambridge university to address 18 people in their cafeteria.

However, the logo on the podium does not match with that of Cambridge University. Cambridge University has four lions and one shield with red, white and logo colour. The logo seen on the podium in the viral image is found to be of Jesus College Cambridge with a crown and three cock’s head and the same can be seen on their official website. Jesus college is one of the constituent colleges of the University of Cambridge, not the Cambridge university itself as claimed by the Congress party and its supporters.

Furthermore, we searched the website and we found the similar painting and chair and the plant pot clearly visible in the site image. We also noticed that it is not the cafeteria of Jesus college, Cambridge but Elena hall as per the college website.

The website also features photographs of different seating arrangements. An image showing a minimum number of seats from this set of images is shared to falsely claim that Rahul Gandhi went to address 18 people. Though we could not ascertain the audience count, the assertion based on the shared image is false as it is an old image from the website and not from the event when Rahul Gandhi visited the college.

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