Official account of ex-mayor, South Delhi Municipal Corporation, Kamaljeet Sehrawat, posted a picture from a gathering of India National Congress claiming that the Congress gathering represented colors of Pakistani flag on the ceiling and a color of Indian flag (Saffron) on the ground. The post grabbed attention and was shared widely across social media platforms.
At the time, data was retrieved, the post had more than 5 hundred retweets and almost 1K likes.
In order to investigate the claim, we searched for official account of Indian National Congress on social media to get details about the gathering and found some other pictures of the same event taken from different angles on 14th May 2022.
In pictures taken from different angles, retrieved from the official account, all three colors of the Indian flag, including saffron color, can be seen on the roof top while the saffron color alone was also used for the carpet.
Indian mainstream also reported about the gathering, which clearly shows the three colors of Indian flag on the roof.
Our research confirmed that pictures from the Congress meeting are being shared to spread misinformation among general public with the intent to portray that the Indian National Congress is a Pakistani backed political party and turn the sentiments of people against the party.
ABCDE Framework-Based Analysis
|Actor||Ex-mayor of South Delhi Municipal Corporation, Kamaljeet Sehrawat, is involved in spreading misinformation on social media.|
|Behavior||A picture from gathering of India National Congress claiming Congress gathering represented colors of Pakistani flag in its meeting.|
|Content||Social Media post.|
|Degree||The content is being spread to defame Indian National Congress. The shared picture is not forged or inauthentic, but it is clicked from a specific angle to mislead people. Moreover, no synthetic means are being used to make the content viral, since it was shared from a verified twitter account it had greater reach and high engagement activity.|
|Effect||The shared content is being circulated to mislead the audience and portray that the Indian National Congress is a Pakistani backed party which openly represents Pakistani flag colors in its official meeting. Such posts have potential to mislead voters and make them doubt the leaders they believe in. The ongoing propaganda against the Congress is part of turning public sentiments against the party and its leadership and sabotage its vote bank for next general elections in India.|