Fact Check: 2018 Image From Telangana Fictitiously Linked To Sachin Pilot’s Recent Nomination Rally In Rajasthan


Sachin Pilot, former Deputy Chief Minister of Rajasthan, submitted his nomination from Tonk constituency for the second time on November 1. He is the current Member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA) representing Tonk and secured victory in the previous election with a lead of more than 50,000 votes. 

Against the backdrop, an image is widely shared on social media, claiming that a huge crowd gathered for the nomination of Pilot. 

The image is shared on Facebook with a caption: “तस्वीर विचलित करने वाली है.. (आज टोंक में सचिन पायलट के नामांकन की तस्वीर।” (English translation: The picture is disturbing. (Photo of Sachin Pilot’s nomination in Tonk today)

Here’s the link to the above post


NewsMobile fact-checked the above claim, and found it to be FALSE. 

Doing a simple Reverse Image Search, the NM team identified the Twitter handle of a Congress worker carrying the same viral image, dated December 5, 2018, with a caption: “In KCR’s assembly constituency, Congress held one of the biggest ever roadshows in Telangana. Vanteru Pratap Reddy is all set to defeat KCR in Gajwel. KCR can then rest in his farmhouse for the next five years. #ByeByeKCR #PrajakutamiForTelangana”. 

When we clicked on the hashtag ‘PrajakutamiForTelangana’ in Srivatsa’s tweet, we discovered that the same image had been shared in tweets by Congress leader and former cricketer Azharuddin, along with others in 2018. 

The official Twitter account of Kalaburagi District Congress tweeted the same image in 2018. 

Thus, it is evident from the above information that an old image is falsely linked to Sachin Pilot’s recent nomination rally in Rajasthan. 

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