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Fact Check: Image Of 2020 Congress Protest Over Price Rise, Unemployment, And GST Viral With Fictitious Claims


An image showing Congress leaders wearing black clothes is doing the rounds on social media. Many users have condemned these leaders for going to Parliament wearing black clothes on August 5, 2020, when the foundation stone for Ram Temple was being laid. 

A Facebook user posted the viral post with a caption:
কখনও ভোলার নয় 5th আগষ্ট 2020 যখন রাম জন্মভূমি র শিলান্যাস হচ্ছিল তখন কংগ্রেসের সাংসদ কালো কাপড় দিয়ে মুখ ঢেকে সংসদে গেছিল (English translation: Never forget 5th August 2020. When the foundation stone of Ram Janmabhoomi was laid, the Congress MP covered his face with a black cloth and went to Parliament.)

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

Running a Reverse Image Search of the viral picture, the NM team traced a news article on The Telegraph Online, dated August 5, 2020, with a title: Wearing black, Congress leaders stage massive protest; Rahul, others detained. The picture in the article matches with the viral image, informing that Congress leaders wore black clothes and marched towards the Rashtrapati Bhawan as part of the party’s nationwide protest over price rise, unemployment, and GST hike on essential items.  

There was no mention of the laying down of the foundation stone of Ram Janmabhoomi anywhere in the article. The Wire, too, had carried the image with a report on the same day, saying that the Delhi Police denied these leaders permission to protest. 

The image sources in both articles have been given to PTI. These pictures also can be found in the image archives of PTI.  

The description of the image here, too, confirms that the picture is from the Congress’ protest for rising prices, GST, and unemployment. 

Given that the foundation stone of Ram Temple in Ayodhya was laid down on August 6, 2020, there is no way the viral image can be linked to the same. 

Therefore, we can conclusively say that the viral post, claiming Congress leader protested the laying down of the foundation stone for the Ram Temple by wearing black clothes on August 5, 2020, is baseless.

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