Fact Check: Old Image Of Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan Viral With Misleading Claim

An image has gone viral on social media claiming that instead of dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic, Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan is staging a protest against TMC without a mask.

In the image, Dr Harsh Vardhan and other BJP leaders can be seen sitting on a dharna with the banner of “Save Bengal, Save Democracy”. In the image, the leaders can be seen with fingers on their mouth.  

The post is being shared on Facebook with a caption that reads, “यह है देश कि सिस्टम..!! बीच में बैठा आदमी, इस देश का “स्वास्थ्य मंत्री” है। बंगाल की हार नही पचने के कारण राष्ट्रपति शासन लगा दो यह कहते हुए धरना पर बैठ गये बिना मास्क!”

(Translation: This is the system of the country .. !! The man sitting in the middle is the “Health Minister” of this country. Since he’s unable to digest Bengal’s defeat, he sat on the dharna without a mask with the demand to impose President’s rule)

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FACT CHECK 

NewsMobile fact-checked the above claim and found it to be misleading. 

On doing a Reverse Image Search, we came across an article published on May 15, 2019, which carried the same viral image.

According to the article, “The  Bharatiya Janata Party staged a silent sit-in at Jantar-Mantar against the violence at BJP President Amit Shah’s roadshow in Kolkata. During this time, BJP leaders had taken slogans such as Save Bengal, Save Democracy, Save Bengal, Save Democracy.” 

Along with Dr Harsh Vardhan, senior BJP leaders including Jitendra Singh, Nirmala Sitharaman and Vijay Goel were also present in this demonstration. There are many more pictures of this occasion on the Internet dated 2019.  

Hence, it is confirmed that this picture is two years old and it has nothing to do with the recent Bengal elections or post-poll violence which has engulfed the state.

Therefore, the viral claim is misleading.

 

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