Fact Check: Old Image Of Punjab Congress Members Viral With Misleading Claim

Following the appointment of the new chief minister in Punjab, an image has surfaced on social media platforms showing Rahul Gandhi with newly appointed chief minister Charanjit Singh Channi, former CM Amarinder Singh, and Rajya Sabha MP Ambika Soni, insinuating that there is no turmoil within the party.

After Amarinder Singh’s exit as Punjab CM following months of infighting with Punjab Congress chief Navjot Singh Sidhu, Channi took oath as the new CM on September 20, 2021.

A Facebook user shared the image with a caption, “Some burnol moments for #GodiMedia
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The image is also doing rounds on Twitter with the same claim.


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FACT CHECK

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

With the help of a relevant keyword search, we found the same picture uploaded on Punjab the new CM’s Facebook page but dated April 10, 2016.

On checking further, we found that back in 2016, ahead of the Punjab assembly elections, Rahul Gandhi had held several meetings with state Congress leaders. Many images from those meetings can be found on Channi’s Facebook page.

As per reports, on April 16, 2016, Rahul Gandhi and Amarinder Singh had jointly launched ‘Mission Punjab 2017’ at a meeting of state leaders in Chandigarh.

Therefore, we can conclude that an old image from 2016 is being passed of as a recent one from Punjab.

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