Fact Check: Old Picture Of Left Rally Linked To Recent Cong-Left Public Meeting In Kolkata

A picture of a massive crowd in what seems to be a rally is doing the rounds on the internet. It is being claimed that the pictures are from the joint rally of Left Front and Congress in Kolkata’s Brigade Parade Ground on February 28, 2021, ahead of the upcoming West Bengal assembly elections.

The caption of the picture read, ‘Sea of people throngs at the Joint Rally of Congress Party & CPI(M) at Brigade Ground in the Heart of Kolkata! This shows the anger of people in West Bengal, This will surely give sleepless nights to rulers in Delhi as well as Kolkata.’

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NewsMobile fact-checked the above post and found that the claim is fake.

We ran a Reverse Image Search on the picture and found the picture on the Alamy website.

The caption of the picture read, “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.”

We found the same picture on the website of People’s Democracy, the weekly newspaper of CPI(M), published on February 10, 2019.

According to the website, the picture was of a large gathering at Brigade Parade Ground during a Left Front rally on February 3, 2019, held before the general elections.

On comparing both pictures it becomes clear that the picture of a rally held in 2019 is being shared as recent.

Therefore, from the above information, it is confirmed that the picture being circulated is old.

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