The image of Ravindra Singh Bhati is doctored using the Argentina bus parade crowds!

Claim

Boxer Vijendra Singh is a tired and defeated man. Who kept cursing everyone from Modi ji to BJP? On the other hand, by his own strength and hard work, he won as an independent from the university elections to the assembly elections. But did not say a word against BJP and now he is fighting the Lok Sabha elections alone on his own. His name is Ravindra Bhati.

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Explanation

As the Lok Sabha elections approach, the internet is flooded with loads of news with unverified images and videos from both parties from their campaign.

Here, we see two images in this instance. In one photo, boxer Vijender Singh is seen joining the BJP in New Delhi alongside Vinod Tawde, the National General Secretary of the organization. On the other hand, the subsequent picture features non-party politician Ravindra Singh Bhati, an Indian lawmaker presently holding a seat in the Rajasthan Legislative Assembly. The second image shows Ravindra Singh Bhati among a huge crowd of people. This post is shared with a claim comparing both persons.  The user claims that while Ravindra Bhati is running the election independently and is not associated with any party, the boxer has cursed the BJP and recently joined it. This same post was further shared by many other users can be seen here and here.

What’s the truth?

Using a straightforward reverse image procedure, we began our investigation and discovered that the first image—which purportedly showed boxer Vijender Singh joining the BJP—was accurate.

Then, we began with the following picture, which featured Ravindra Singh Bhati amidst the huge crowds. We discovered that the shared image had been altered when we applied the same Google reverse image technique. We came across a Times Now article from December 2022 while investigating the image.

The article is titled “FIFA World Cup: Argentina victory parade cut short due to excessive crowd, team escorted in helicopters.” According to the article, amidst the crowds, an open-top bus parade was canceled in favor of a hastily arranged tour, disappointing the majority of the millions of fans who had gathered to welcome Lionel Messi and his team’s World Cup winners home in December 2022. Interestingly, the article carried the same image which shows the crowd behind the politician Ravindra Singh Bhati.

We have also added a comparison image of both the original and viral image for our reader’s reference below.

The details provided above confirm that the widely shared photo of politician Ravindra Singh Bhati has been photoshopped.

Conclusion:

Thus, we deduce that the widely shared assertion accompanied by the photo of Ravindra Singh Bhati is altered. Actually, the group of people behind his back represents the participants in the Argentina bus parade from 2022, which was subsequently canceled due to large crowds.

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Indu Meenakshi

Indu Meenakshi is a former Microbiologist-turned-journalist, works as a Sub-Editor at YouTurn. She additionally holds Master’s in Management and English Literature. As a fact-checker, her job entails actively dispelling false information found online, exposing fake news, and raising public awareness.
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