Bharat Jodo Yatra led by Congress MP Rahul Gandhi was launched in Tamil Nadu which next entered Kerala and is now advancing to the state of Karnataka.
A 29-second video is being circulated on social media by the right-wingers claiming that the flag of Pakistan is used in the yatra.
The video posted by Suresh Chavhanke, the owner of Sudarshan News, a Hindi channel that spews rumours often from the stance of right-wingers has 58.9k views so far and still counting. This video is shared by thousands. Here, here, here and here are the other few posts that have the same claim.
— संकल्प अध्ययन वृत (@SanAdhVrit0403) October 3, 2022
What is the truth?
Yatris are seen holding green coloured flag and a banner printed ‘Rahul, Leader of Democratic India. Palakad. IUML’ in the video. IUML stands for Indian Union Muslim League.
While searching for the video of the Indian Union Muslim League’s participation in Rahul Gandhi’s Bharat Jodo Yatra in Kerala, the viral video has been posted on the Facebook page ‘Muslim Youth League Guruvayur’ on September 26.
On September 22, the leaders of the Indian Union Muslim League of Kerala state participated in the Bharat Joda Yatra and the photos taken with Rahul have been published on the party’s official Twitter page.
People think green coloured flag as the Pakistan flag in general. Similar rumours where the green flag of Muslim League used in Congress and DMK meetings was mistaken as Pakistan flag were fact-checked by Youturn.
Similarly, Rahul Gandhi was rumoured to have taken a photo with a woman during the yatra who raised ‘Pakistan Zindabad’ slogans earlier.
In our search, claims that the Pakistani flag was used at Rahul Gandhi’s Bharat Jodo Yatra were false. It is not the flag of Pakistan, but the flag of the Indian Union Muslim League party in Kerala.