HYDERABAD: An image of a bullock cart rally is viral on social media. Users are linking it to the ongoing farmers' protest.
The image was shared with the claim: "This is a slap on the face of 'godi' media… The farmers' revolution has reached even the most remote villages of the country".
NewsMeter found that the claim is false as the rally took place in 2018 and is not linked to the ongoing farmers' protest.
We performed a reverse image search and found a report by Hindi daily `Patrika' on September 13, 2018. The report carried the same image.
It states that a bullock cart rally in Balaghat, Madhya Pradesh was organized by the Youth Congress Party and National Students' Union of India to protest against the 'arbitrary' hike in petrol and diesel fuel prices.
The article reads: "A bullock cart rally was organized by the Youth Congress Party and NSUI in the city to protest against the arbitrary price hike against petrol and diesel prices. The bicycles purchased by the Youth Congressmen from all the assembly constituencies of the district, collected and presented to Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, were handed over a memorandum to additional Collector Shivgovind Markam regarding their demands".
The words 'पेट्रोल' (Petrol) and 'जिला युवा कांग्रेस बालाघाट' (Zilla Youth Congress Balaghat) can be seen in the posters held up by the protesters. The flag of NSUI is also seen.
We also found pictures of the rally on Madhya Pradesh Youth Congress' Facebook page from September 2018.
Evidently, it is clear that the claim is false. The bullock cart rally was held in 2018 and not related to the ongoing farmers' protest.