In the context of the upcoming legislative elections in Goa in 2022, an image of a billboard bearing the photo of Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal is disseminated on social media through a Facebook page that goes by the name “BJP4Priol” .
The image shows a hoarding of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) promising “the fourth Kejriwal guarantee division of the Hindus in the Goa caste / Goa religious division”.
Text on another image of a circulating billboard reads: “4th Kejriwal Caste / Religion Guarantee Division of Goa Aam Aadmi Party”.
Some social media users are insinuating that the banners were in fact placed by the AAP and that the party intends to divide Hindus if elected to power in Goa.
Twitter user Lt. Cdr Gokul shared one of the banner images with a caption that read: “So Kejriwal promises he will divide people by caste and religion. Now it’s open.
The image is a digitally altered version of the original billboard that promised unemployment benefits to those trying to make a living in mining and tourism.
No such banner that promises the “division of Hindus” or “wise division of Goa caste / religion” has been put in place by the AAP.
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Using the reverse image search we found a local Goan news portal by the name of “The Goan” bearing the original image hoarding in their press article dated October 18, 2021.
The text on the original billboard reads: “Kejriwal 2nd Guarantee Unemployed in Mining, Tourism? Rs 5000 / month until it starts Aam Aadmi Party (sic) ”
According to the report, Kejriwal promised benefits to unemployed Goans in mining and tourism.
The Times of India covered it in detail on September 21, 2021.
In an article titled “These are the seven promises of Arvind Kejriwal to the youth of Goa,” TOI reported that AAP chief Kejriwal had announced that 5,000 rupees per month would be provided to people employed in the mining sectors. and tourism until the resumption of these industries.
The report contained a tweet from Kejriwal’s official handle confirming the same.
My 7 guarantees for the young people of Goa▪️Jobs for Goan, not only for the relatives of the deputies▪️1 Jobs / family for the unemployed▪️300… https://t.co/nP5Li9FsVB
– Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) 1632206832000
Times Fact Check has found that a transformed image is circulating on social media to falsely claim that the AAP promises to divide Hindus in Goa if elected to power.