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Fact Check: An edited news clipping falsely claiming UP government introduced GST on Church offerings

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An image of a news report shared with a claim that the UP government has introduced 6% Goods and Services Tax (GST) on Sunday Church Mass offertory money is morphed. 

A news clipping has surfaced on social media claiming that the Uttar Pradesh BJP government introduced 6% Goods and Services Tax (GST) on Sunday Church Mass offertory money.

Facebook user shared the image with the caption saying, "Pray for UP Government."

In the viral image, one can see a highlighted news report which has the title 'BJP Govt. in U.P introduces 6% GST on the Sunday Mass offertory money. New Law passed in U.P."

While sharing the same clipping, another user wrote, "Poorest party will always have poor mind."

Several other Facebook users are sharing this image. 

The truth behind the claim

In our investigation, we found this claim to be false. The news clipping is edited. The original newspaper was published on 11 January 2010 i.e. much before the government started imposing GST in the country. Also, no information was found regarding the UP BJP government introducing 6% GST on Sunday Church Mass offertory money.

With the help of reverse image search, we found the original newspaper clipping on a website that has a headline – Ex-PM Gowda spews abuse at K’taka CM’.

On performing keyword search using the original headline, we found an archive of Times Of India newspaper published on January 11, 2010, on a website. 

DNA India also published an article on January 11, 2010, titled, 'Former PM Deve Gowda abuses Karnataka CM.'

Some of the articles seen in the viral news clipping can be spotted in the original ‘The Times of India’ published on 11 January 2010. Zaheer Khan's photo was published in the newspaper because he won the ‘Man of the Match’ for his performance in the India vs Sri Lanka match at Dhaka on 10 January 2010.

Notedly, GST came into effect on 01 July 2017

Moreover, we did not any credible report stating that the UP government has introduced 6% Goods and Services Tax (GST) on Sunday Church Mass offertory money.

In conclusion, an image of a news report shared with a claim that the UP government has introduced 6% Goods and Services Tax (GST) on Sunday Church Mass offertory money is morphed. 

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