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Ahead of the West Bengal assembly elections, Prime Minister Modi addressed his first rally at the Brigade Parade Ground in Kolkata. Soon after pictures of the rally showing a massive crowd started circulating on social media. Among them were pictures of rallies of other political parties shared as PM Modi’s rally by enthusiastic BJP leaders and supporters.

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One such picture was shared by BJP Tamil Nadu, BJP Punjab and BJP members Tajinder Bagga, SG Suryah, Bhanu Jalan and CA OP Mishra.

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Interestingly the same image was shared by several Congress supporters last week as a joint rally of Congress, CPI(M) and Indian Secular Front (ISF). Alt News had fact-checked the claim.

Fact-check

A reverse image search performed by Alt News revealed that the image is of a Left Front rally from 2019. The image was published by Social News XYZ in 2019 with a caption stating that it shows a Left Front rally at the Brigade Parade Ground, Kolkata on February 3, 2019. The photo is credited to IANS.

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The image of the rally was also tweeted by CPI(M) West Bengal last year.

The picture shows a massive crowd, marked with red flags of the Left front parties. The picture tweeted by BJP supporters is a slightly blurred version where the red can be mistaken for saffron.

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A second image was shared by BJP member O.P. Mishra asking “how’s the josh”.

Fact-check

A reverse image search reveals that this image is of a Left Front rally from 2014.

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A spike in misinformation is often seen before elections and West Bengal Assembly elections are no exception. However, it is noteworthy that a large crowd had gathered for PM Modi’s address at Brigade Parade Ground.

Citations

[1] Photo of 2019 Left Front rally in Kolkata shared as recent by Congress members - Alt News ➤ https://www.altnews.in/photo-of-2019-left-front-rally-in-kolkata-shared-as-recent-by-congress-members/[2] #Kolkata hashtag on Twitter ➤ https://twitter.com/hashtag/Kolkata?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw[3] #LalSalaamComrade hashtag on Twitter ➤ https://twitter.com/hashtag/LalSalaamComrade?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw[4] CPI(M) WEST BENGAL on Twitter: "“You can cut all the flowers but you cannot keep Spring from coming.” A bird eye view of last year Birgade Rally at #Kolkata #LalSalaamComrade… https://t.co/kfJ6DbU7wa" ➤ https://t.co/EmuvpqaiXI[5] CPI(M) WEST BENGAL on Twitter: "“You can cut all the flowers but you cannot keep Spring from coming.” A bird eye view of last year Birgade Rally at #Kolkata #LalSalaamComrade… https://t.co/kfJ6DbU7wa" ➤ https://twitter.com/CPIM_WESTBENGAL/status/1270754969348534272?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw[6] TOI Kolkata on Twitter: "The next 25 years are very important for the development of Bengal. The development here in the next 5 years will lay the foundation for State's development in the next 25 years: PM Modi at Kolkata's Brigade Parade Ground… https://t.co/QcmZVKYjgZ" ➤ https://t.co/Jb7lOFMsX4[7] TOI Kolkata on Twitter: "The next 25 years are very important for the development of Bengal. The development here in the next 5 years will lay the foundation for State's development in the next 25 years: PM Modi at Kolkata's Brigade Parade Ground… https://t.co/QcmZVKYjgZ" ➤ https://twitter.com/TOIKolkata/status/1368493902441762818?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw