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Old Video Of Massive Crowd at the Brigade Parade Ground in Kolkata Falsely Linked To Save Democracy Rally by the INDI Alliance in Delhi’s Ramlila Maidan: Fact-Check

A photo purporting to be a recent one from the Loktantra Bachao (#SaveDemocracy) rally in Delhi’s Ramlila Maidan features a large number of people.

@HansrajTribal_ tweeted “A storm has risen in the capital Delhi against Narendra Modi. Everyone has to come together to save democracy. The dictator has to be defeated. #SaveDemocracy” on March 31, 2024. The tweet has received an about 93.3k views on X.

Several other accounts, including @PrishaSargam, @PrahladDalwadi, @ProfAshokSwain, @Jeetuburdak, @bloggingpanda87, @B7801011010, @banojyotsna, @RavinderKapur2 made the same claim that the image is fromthe Loktantra Bachao( #SaveDemocracy )rally in Delhi’s Ramlila Maidan. The archive can be read from above.

The image once again got viral during Feb, 2021. @INCWestBengal tweeted “WBPCC President Shri @adhirrcinc , Chief Minister of Chattishgarh Shri @bhupeshbaghel addressed the 8 lakh people strong historic rally at Brigade Parade Ground , Kolkata organised by Samyukta Morcha, the alliance between INC and the Left parties.” on Feb 28, 2021. Also, @Gayatri_Raguram tweeted the same picture on March 7, 2021 and wrote “Modi ocean in Bengal”.

What is the Actual Truth About this Incident? : Fact

The truth is that this is an outdated photo from West Bengal, where in February 2019 left parties organised an enormous rally at Kolkata’s Brigade Parade Ground. This photograph has been disseminated by political parties on several occasions. The picture is outdated and unrelated to the INDI Alliance’s Save Democracy rally in Delhi. We visited alamy, which published the picture on Feb 3, 2019 with the heading “Kolkata, India. 03rd Feb, 2019. Left activist from different part of state take part in the Left front Brigade rally ahead of General Election 2019. Credit: Saikat Paul/Pacific Press/Alamy Live News”. peoples dispatch posted about this on Feb 4, 2019 with the headline “Million-strong ‘People’s Brigade’ in India pledges to oust right wing forces”. A huge rally was held in the city of Kolkata, India, with the call of overthrowing the governments of Narendra Modi in the center and Mamata Banerjee in the State of West Bengal. On February 3, over a million people gathered at the Brigade Parade Ground in Kolkata, West Bengal, India, for a Left Front-led rally, creating a’red sea’ of humanity. These activists committed to depose the far-right Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led administration at the Centre and the Trinamool Congress (TMC) government in West Bengal in the upcoming elections. For more clarification, we went to India Content, which posted the picture and added “Kolkata Workers of leftist parties participate in a Left Front rally at the Brigade Parade ground in Kolkata on Feb 3 2019. Photo IANS”.

D-Intent’s Fact-Checking Results:

Intent:

Political influencers are circulating years-old images from different locations claiming to be from Delhi to influence the upcoming general elections. An image that shows a huge gathering has been shared, claiming to be a recent image from the Loktantra Bachao( #SaveDemocracy )rally in Delhi’s Ramlila Maidan. This is an old image from West Bengal, where left parties held a massive demonstration at Kolkata’s Brigade Parade Ground in February 2019. This photograph has been propagated by political parties on several occasions. The photograph is outdated and has nothing to do with the INDI Alliance’s Save Democracy rally in Delhi.

Conclusion:

Fact : The fact is that this is an old image from West Bengal, where a huge rally was organised by left parties at the Brigade Parade Ground in Kolkata in February 2019. Political parties have circulated this image multiple times on different occasions. The image is old and has nothing to do with the Save Democracy rally by the INDI Alliance in Delhi.

Also Read : Old Video Of Acharya Pramod Krishnan speaking against caste-based reservation has gone viral with misleading claims: Fact-Check 

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