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Fact Check: No, these viral images are not from BJP's election rally

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Old images from the Yuva Udgosh event in Varanasi in 2018 are being falsely shared as a recent one from BJP's election campaign ahead of the assembly election in four states. 

Ahead of assembly elections in the poll-bound states of West Bengal, Kerala, Assam, Puducherry, and Tamil Nadu a set of images, one showing empty chairs while the other showing pictures of Union Home Minister Amit Shah and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath is being widely shared on social media platforms.

A Facebook user shared the image with a caption in Hindi that can be roughly translated to, "This is just the starting, what will be the result."

This post received almost 1000 reshares. 

Several other Facebook and Twitter users are sharing the image with the same caption.

The truth behind the claim 

In our investigation, we found that both images are not related to the ongoing election campaigns. The images are old and date back to 2018 from BJP ‘Yuva Udgosh’ event in Varanasi city, Uttar Pradesh. 

With the help of reverse image search, we found the image showing empty chairs carried in a report by the Hindi news website 'Live Hindustan'. According to the article published on January 20, 2018,  people didn’t turn up in the numbers as expected because of which thousands of chairs remained vacant.

Navbharat Times and Amar Ujala reports on the event also carried the same image. 

The event was premiered live on the official YouTube channel of Bharatiya Janata Party. In the video, one could see a similar visual of Amit Shah and Yogi Adityanath.

However, other images of the event showed visuals of the crowd seen at the rally.

In conclusion, old images from the Yuva Udgosh event in Varanasi in 2018 are being falsely shared as a recent one from BJP's election campaign ahead of the assembly election in four states. 

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