BJP Candidate Election Campaign in Hanuman Disguise: Fact Check


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BJP Candidate Election Campaign in Hanuman Disguise

Story:

Believe it or not:  This is Jagannath Sarkar, a BJP Candidate’s Election Campaign in Hanuman Disguise!

Other Versions

1.The Hanuman is BJP candidate Jagannath Sarkar, from West Bengal, Ranaghat..

2. (Hindi)
ये जो गाड़ी के ऊपर हनुमान जी बने बैठे हैं, ये पश्चिम बंगाल के रानाघाट लोकसभा क्षेत्र से भाजपा के प्रत्याशी जगन्नाथ सरकार हैं।
लोकतंत्र का इस से बड़ा मज़ाक़ और क्या होगा जब मतदाता इस जोकर के पक्ष में वोट डालेंगे।

Fact Check:

A story shared on social media purports to show a BJP candidate Jagannath Sarkar Campaigning for Elections in Lord Hanuman Disguise. Accompanying picture allegedly shows the BJP candidate from West Bengal, Ranaghat sitting on a Jeep during the campaign for 2019 Lok Sabha elections in India. Although the picture is real, the person in lord hanuman disguise is not Jagannath Sarkar.

Not BJP Candidate’s Campaign in Hanuman Disguise

Sharing the picture in question, several social media users made fun of Jagannath Sarkar and BJP saying they are using Hindu religion to lure voters. However, the person in Hanuman make-up is not the BJP candidate Jagannath Sarkar.

Image of BJP candidate Jagannath Sarkar
BJP candidate Jagannath Sarkar

On 22nd April 2019, the BJP candidate shared some pictures from his road show rally from Badkulla to Bagula, where the State President Dilip Ghosh also joined. While the pictures do not show the candidate in any such make-up, one of them shows another capture of the man in Hanuman disguise.

Another picture of the supporter in Lord Hanuman make-up
Another picture of the supporter in Lord Hanuman make-up

Dilip Ghosh also shared pictures from the rally on his Facebook account showing himself beside the BJP candidate Jagannath Sarkar. Note the picture in question appears there.

Later, on 27th April again, Jagannath Sarkar shared similar pictures from election campaign rally in Shantipur. They show a group of other people dressed in Ramayana epic characters – Ram, Sita, Lakshman and Hanuman. All those pictures are in fact taken during the BJP candidate’s campaign before 2019 Lok Sabha elections. But dressed as Hanuman is not the BJP candidate Jagannath Sarkar, they appear to be his supporters.

Hoax or Fact:

Hoax.


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