Fact Check: Old Image Of Left Rally Linked To PM Modi’s Recent Rally In Kolkata’s Brigade Ground

A picture is being shared on social media claiming to be from Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s poll rally held on March 7, 2021, at the iconic Brigade Parade Ground in Kolkata.

A massive crowd can be seen in the picture. PM Modi addressed a ‘Brigade Cholo Rally’ at Brigade Parade Ground which marked his first rally after poll notification for West Bengal was issued.

A Facebook user shared the post with a caption, “Honourable PM Narendra Modi addressing in Brigade Maidan today, West Bengal. Vl u belief such a huge crowd gathering in land of communist. Estimated crowd : 15 to 17 lakhs.”

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NewsMobile fact-checked the post and found it to be false.

Firstly, we ran a Reverse Image Search on the viral image along with some relevant keywords 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 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 held on February 3, 2019, before the general elections.

On comparing both pictures (image 1 vs image 2) it becomes clear that the picture of a Left rally held in 2019 is being shared as PM Modi’s recent Kolkata rally at Brigade Ground.

NewsMobile recently debunked a similar claim where the picture was shared passed off as Left Front and Congress rally in Brigade Parade Ground.

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

Check the actual picture of the crowd that had gathered for PM Modi’s address at Brigade Parade Ground on March 7.

Hence, from the above information, it is clear that the viral picture is OLD (2019) not from PM Modi’s recent rally in Kolkata.

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