This morphed image from a rally organized by Lalu Prasad’s party in 2017 is falsely shared as recent!

Claim

Tsunami of the crowd at the iconic Gandhi Maidan in Patna. Over 12 lakh people joined the historic rally today.

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Explanation

The ‘INDIA’ coalition, which opposes the BJP, is made up of numerous parties. In Bihar, the Rashtriya Janata Dal organized a rally in support of the coalition. It was also attended by a number of the alliance’s party leaders.

In this case, a viral image is posted by many social media users with a claim stating, “Tsunami of the crowd at the iconic Gandhi Maidan in Patna. Over 12 lakh people joined the historic rally today.” Some users went on to add that, “After the flop Rally of Modi in Bihar today you can see the tsunami of crowd in INDIA rally.” You can view related posts with similar claims here and here.

What’s the truth?

A Google reverse image search of the viral image revealed that the same image had been posted by Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader Lalu Prasad on his X page on August 27, 2017. The image is captioned “No “Face” will stand in front of Lalu’s “Base”. Come & Count as much as u can in Gandhi Maidan, Patna.”

Further searching for that picture, it was found that ‘Shamsheer Ahmed’ had posted a similar picture on his Facebook page on August 28, 2017.

Moreover, we also found the same image posted by ‘ANI’ on their X page on 27 August 2017 as well. It stated that “these pictures were taken from the same point where Lalu Prasad Yadav’s purported picture was taken; crowd sizes are different.”

This means, Lalu Prasad has posted a fake edited picture to make it look like more people had attended the meeting. Comparing the two pictures, it can be seen that in the picture published by ANI, there are trees in the ground, and in the picture posted by Lalu Prasad, there are crowds of people all over the ground without trees.

The Wire also covered this same story, comparing the unaltered and altered photos.

The film edited in 2017 is now being misrepresented as being shot at the India Alliance programme.

Photos taken at the rally in 2017 are also available on the Getty Images site. It also features the same viral image.

Conclusion:

The information circulating that the photo was taken at a meeting held in Bihar on behalf of the India Alliance is not true. In reality, it was taken during a Rashtriya Janata Dal rally against the BJP, edited and is being shared on the internet since 2017.

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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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