Netizens are sharing images of a massive crowd claiming it to be of a recent rally of Congress leader Rahul Gandhi in Tamil Nadu ahead of State Assembly elections that are scheduled to be held on 6 April 2021. The image is being shared with the claim, "Tamilnadu welcomes @RahulGandhi"
People of Tamil Nadu welcome's Rahul Gandhi in Election campaign..Posted by Shaik Arshad - Congress on Thursday, 25 March 2021
The viral images show a crowd gathered in a rally of Rahul Gandhi in Tamil Nadu.
The Logical Indian Fact Check team did a reverse image search for both the images separately and found that the images were not from Rahul Gandhi's rally but from Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) leader MK Stalin's rally in Tamil Nadu.
On doing a reverse image search using Storyful, we found that the same image was published by Aaj Tak in a report published on March 20, 2020. According to the report. the image is of MK Stalin's rally ahead of the Tamil Nadu election.
On reverse image search using Storyful, we found the same image was published by a Twitter handle @Varavanaisen, a journalist. The image was published on March 19, 2021.
None other then Stalin!🔥🔥🔥 pic.twitter.com/e63bWRuU58— வரவணை செந்தில் (@Varavanaisen) March 19, 2021
The story was also published on the Facebook page of DMK on March 19.
On March 19, Rahul Gandhi was on a two-visit to Assam for addressing rallies ahead of Assam Assembly Elections 2019.
Looking forward to meeting you all in Assam!
Together let's defeat the forces that seek to divide us and join hands to build a strong, united, peaceful and prosperous Assam.Posted by Rahul Gandhi on Thursday, 18 March 2021
While DMK and Congress have formed an alliance in Tamil Nadu, the viral images are of MK Stalin's rally and not from Rahul Gandhi's rally.
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