Fact Check

Youth Congress Uses Pictures from UP, Delhi and Bengal to Target Haryana Government

Congress Fake News Haryana

The state of Haryana will undergo the assembly elections soon. However, even before the election is officially announced, political parties appear to have started their propaganda machinery full of fake news peddlers to tarnish the image of the Haryana government.

In a series of tweets, the official Twitter handle of Haryana Youth Congress has launched an attack on the Manohar Lal Khattar government in the state.

Claim 1

The picture used by Congress social media team in the tweet above is not from the hospital in Jind, Haryana. It is a picture from a hospital in Siliguri, West Bengal, clicked in 2017. This picture, which portrays the Haryana government in a negative light, is taken when Siliguri district hospital was flooded with patients suffering from viral fever.

Read here to know our piece delving deep into various initiatives taken by Haryana and central government for the state’s transformation. In this article, light has been thrown on how the Khattar administration is focused on health and entrepreneurship initiatives in the state.

Claim 2

In the above tweet, targeting the state government on unemployment status in Haryana, Haryana Youth Congress ended up sharing an image clicked in March 2012. The crowd of unemployed youth had gathered to register themselves for a monthly dole announced by then chief ministerial candidate of Samajwadi party Akhilesh Yadav before the election.

Claim 3

Haryana Youth Congress has even shared a picture of farmers who had protested against a company dealing into genetically modified crops and pesticides. And, this protest had happened in Delhi and during the UPA government’s rule. So, Congress’s Haryana wing used a picture of protest during their rule to target the BJP government in the state.

Apart from the wrong usage of pictures, even the claims made in the tweets are misleading. On the employment front, apart from the job creation, a new generation of startup entrepreneurs is being nurtured. The state of Haryana surprised everyone when it improved its rank in Ease of Doing Business from 14 in 2016 to 3 in 2018, a jump of 11 places in just 2 years of time.

However, away from the facts, social media cell of Haryana Congress is busy spreading the concocted stories about the state using the pictures from elsewhere and taken during a different time period. This falsehood was first busted by a Twitter user Ankur Singh (@iankursingh).