No, The person Who Slapped Hardik Patel is Not a Congressman
Hardik Patel, who is a Patidar leader from Gujarat and joined Congress earlier this year, was reportedly slapped by one Tarun Gajjar at a rally in Surendranagar, Gujarat.
Hardik Patel, who is a Patidar leader from Gujarat and joined Congress earlier this year, was reportedly slapped by one Tarun Gajjar at a rally in Surendranagar, Gujarat. Soon after the incident, a Facebook page, I Support Modi ji and BJP, shared a collage of two pictures featuring Congress president Rahul Gandhi and Hardik Patel. In the image placed at the top, Gandhi is flanked by an unidentified person, while in the bottom image, a picture of the incident where Patel was slapped at a rally has been placed. It is being claimed that the man who attacked Patel was also seen with Rahul Gandhi at some other event in the past. It implicitly suggests that the accused in this incident is a Congressman and ergo, it’s a “Congress gimmick”.
Social media users have shared this image on Twitter and Facebook with an identical narrative that the accused is a member of the Congress party, who was set up by the party itself to gain traction during the election campaign. Twitter user, @Nationalist_RSS, also posted the image with a similar claim.
अपनी पार्टी के लोगों से सभा में थप्पड़ मरवाना भी आजकल कांग्रेस के चुनाव प्रचार का हिस्सा है।???????? pic.twitter.com/sxBRJ9SLY5
— Mayank sethi (@Mayankforbjp) April 19, 2019
The image and the accompanying claim are circulating on WhatsApp as well.
A Google reverse image search of the picture, where Gandhi is seen with the said accused, yields no results. Upon closer examination, Alt News found that the lady standing behind Gandhi and this unidentified person is former Congress leader Rita Bahuguna Joshi, who had joined BJP in October 2016.
We did a YouTube search with the keywords, “Rita Bahuguna Joshi Rahul Gandhi rally”, and found a video of a Kisan Yatra rally in Congress president Rahul Gandhi and this unidentified person had participated.
The man sitting next to Rahul Gandhi in the above video is a Congress leader named Anugrah Narayan Singh.
Tarun Gajjar: Then again during his rally in Ahmedabad when I had gone to get medicine for my child, everything was shut down. He shuts down the roads, he shuts down Gujarat whenever he wants to, What is he? Gujarat’s hitler? (2/2) https://t.co/QXo30wJmAB
— ANI (@ANI) April 19, 2019