A purported newspaper clipping of popular Bengali daily বর্তমান (Bartaman) is shared on social media with its headline reading, “৪২টা আসন দিন হিন্দু কীভাবে কাঁদা তে হয় দেখিয়ে দেব: মমতা (Give me 42 seats & I’ll show you how to make the Hindus cry: Mamata)”
The clipping has been circulated on Facebook as well.
Social media users also sent a query about the newspaper cutting to Alt News.
A careful glance at the clipping is sufficient to reveal that the image has been morphed. The font, size and colour of the words “হিন্দু (Hindu)” and “কাঁদা তে (cry)” do not match the words in the rest of the sentence. They are not in perfect alignment, are larger than the other words and are in a deeper shade of black.
When we searched for the clipping on Facebook, we found that a user had uploaded the original photograph of the newspaper even though he had shared it with the false claim viral on social media.
As evident, a few words of the original headline have been replaced. The word “দিল্লি (Delhi)” has been edited to “হিন্দু (Hindu)” and the word “কাঁপাতে (shake)” has been replaced with “কাঁদা তে (cry)”. The original headline reads, “৪২টা আসন দিন, দিল্লি কীভাবে কাঁপাতে হয় দেখিয়ে দেব: মমতা (Give me 42 seats and I will show you how to shake things up in Delhi.)”
We also found the Bartaman article on the daily’s website. According to the report, West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee made the statement at an election rally for TMC candidate Apurba Sarkar in Berhampur on April 19.
The newspaper clipping floating on social media is photoshopped. Recently, Congress president Rahul Gandhi was also targeted using a fake newspaper clipping.
[This report was first published by Alt News]