Fact Check: Did farmers feast on silver plates after burning tractor in India Gate? Here's the truth

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A picture of a group of people sitting on dining table has gone viral on social media claiming that after burning tractor at India Gate in Delhi to protest the Farm Bills, ‘poor farmers’ are having food in silver plates.
The Facebook caption read, “कृषि बिल के विरोध में दिल्ली में इंडिया गेट के पास ट्रेक्टर जलाने के बाद गरीब किसान चांदी की थाली में भोजन करते हुए”
(Translation: Poor farmers eating in silver plate after burning tractor near India Gate in Delhi in protest against Farm bill)

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NewsMobile fact-checked the above post and found it to be misleading.
While looking at the picture carefully, we noticed Congress leaders Randeep Singh Surjewala and Siddaramaiah in the picture being circulated, which raised the first red flag.
On putting the picture through Google Reverse Image Search, we found the same picture in a news article on Vijay Karnataka dated September 28, 2020, claiming that Randeep Singh Surjewala paid a visit to Siddaramaiah’s residence near Shivananda Circle in Bengaluru in Karnataka.

Further, we also found a tweet of BJP Karnataka from September 28, 2020, claiming that Congress leaders were showing fake concern for the protesting farmers as they can be seen enjoying food in “Silver Cutlery”.

On digging further, we also found the same picture of the politicians sitting on the dining table from different angles on Facebook Profile of politician BZ Zameer Ahmed.
His Facebook post read, “Had lunch with AICC General Secretary & Incharge of Karnataka State Shri Randeep Singh Surjewala at the Residence of Former Chief Minister of Karnataka & CLP Leader Shri Siddaramaiah Ji in Bengaluru.”

Hence, with the help of the above information, it is clear that the group of people sitting on the dining table are politicians and not farmers.

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