A picture of a graffiti reading ‘Go Back Modi’ in the middle of a road is doing the rounds all over social media claiming that the picture is linked with Bihar elections, 2020.
The Facebook read, “Bihar Is On Fire Mode. #BiharElections2020”
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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 Bengal.
Further, this picture was also shared by Mayukh Ranjan Ghosh, a Journalist, on Twitter dated January 11, 2020, claiming that the picture is of the busiest road in Kolkata where roads were turned into Graffiti.
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.
With the help of the keywords ‘Go Back Modi’ ‘Road’ ‘Kolkata’ ‘Graffiti’, we found a similar picture of graffiti on Getty Images, dated January 12, 2020.
The picture description read: People Protest Against Prime Minister Narendra Modis Visit In Kolkata. KOLKATA, INDIA – JANUARY 12: Graffiti is on a blocked road during a protest against Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit, on January 12, 2020, in Kolkata, India. Modi is in Kolkata on a two-day visit 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 the 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, claiming that people protested against CAA-NRC after PM Modi visited Kolkata.
Other news articles in India Today, Aljazeera and National Herald also claim that people protested against CAA-NRC when PM Modi visited West Bengal.
Hence, with the help of the above information, is clear that social media users have falsely linked the picture of the graffiti ‘Go Back Modi’ with Bihar elections. Truth is that it is an old picture of a protest against CAA-NRC in Kolkata.
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