There has been a continuous attempt to malign non-BJP political parties, especially the Congress. There has been a recurrence of a number of fake stories aimed at opposition parties, and the main target of such news is the Congress. Every day there are fake stories being run to show the grand old party in bad light. Following the same tradition, an image of a green coloured flag (what has been termed by the propagators as Pakistan’s flag), being waved at a Congress rally has been doing rounds on social media.
A Facebook page, Phir Ek Baar Modi Sarkar, which has almost 1,00,000 followers shared this picture on May 27, along with the message: कांग्रेसियों की रैली में लहराते हैं पाकिस्तान के झंडे क्या आपका खून नहीं खोलता……क्या अब भी आप कांग्रेस को वोट देंगे??? (Pakistani flags are waved at Congress rallies does your blood not boil…..will you still vote for Congress?- translated).
The post been shared more than 25,000 times.
Another Facebook page, BJP All India which has a following of one million also uploaded the photograph. Its post has already been shared 5,000 times. It has been widely circulated on WhatsApp as well.
In the run up to the Karnataka election, this image was made viral and it was claimed that Pakistani flag was waved at a Congress rally in Karnataka. Even then, the image was widely shared on social media.
Knowing the lack of knowledge these fakesters have, we would like to make them face the reality. Every time they spread a fake news, we will bust it.
So basically, the green-coloured flag (claimed to be the Pakistani flag) in the image is NOT Pakistan’s flag. In fact, it is the flag of a political party formed in 1948 and based in Kerala, the Indian Union Muslim League (IUML). It has also been recognised as a state party by the Election Commission of India.
Also, the green flag seen in the image does not have a white patch on the left, which the Pakistan flag has.
So, next time fakesters plan to spread a rumour, they should properly prepare for it without leaving any chance of being caught. But, seeing their intellect, it is impossible for them not to commit silly mistakes.