A graffiti, reading ‘Go Back Modi’ on the middle of a road, is viral on social media, claiming that it’s from Tamil Nadu.
The image is being shared in the backdrop of PM Modi’s recent Chennai visit, where he laid the foundation stones for 11 projects worth over ₹31,500 crore. The image caption reads: “TN hate you & your party ideology…..#GoBackModi”
Here’s the link to the above post.
NewsMobile fact-checked the above post, and found it to be misleading.
On putting the picture through Google Reverse Image Search, we found the same picture on Twitter shared by a user on January 11, 2020, claiming that this picture is from West Bengal.
Further, this picture was also shared by a journalist, Mayukh Ranjan Ghosh, on Twitter, on January 11, 2020, claiming that the picture is of the busiest road in Kolkata.
This is one of the busiest roads in Kolkata. #Esplanade. Lakhs and lakhs of people commute, jam packed traffic r seen. Just look at this place tonight. Roads turned into graffitis, no traffic, all roads blocked, students protesting overnight.
— Mayukh Ranjan Ghosh (@mayukhrghosh) January 11, 2020
With the help of keywords ‘Go Back Modi’ ‘Road’ ‘Kolkata’ ‘Graffiti’, we found a similar picture of graffiti on Getty Images, dated January 12, 2020.
The picture description reads: People protest against Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit in Kolkata, India. Graffiti is on a blocked road during a protest on January 12, 2020. Modi is to take part in the 150 years celebration of the Kolkata Port Trust and also rededicate three heritage buildings to the people of the city. Modi’s visit also sparked off protests by the CPI(M) and Congress and student organisations in different parts of the city. Various organisations took to the streets, carrying black flags and posters saying Go Back Modi. (Photo by Samir Jana/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)
On digging further, we also found an article on ToI, dated January 13, 2020, on people protesting against CAA with slogans painted on roads in Kolkata.
In November 2020, NewsMobile debunked a similar post, where the same picture was being passed off in the name of Bihar.
Hence, it is clear now that this is an old picture of a protest against CAA-NRC in Kolkata and the post in question is misleading.
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