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Photo shared by AAP, Youth Congress of Haryana cops using water cannon on farmers is from 2018

AAP MLA Saurabh Bharadwaj and its national spokesperson Raghav Chadha have also shared the photo on Twitter.

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New Delhi: Farmers from Punjab and Haryana who have been protesting against the central government’s new farm laws faced heavy police deployment, water cannons and tear gas in their march towards Delhi Thursday.

Two photos have been shared widely on social media since Thursday afternoon with the claim that Haryana police are using water cannons to disperse a large group of people.

Saurabh Bharadwaj, Greater Kailash MLA and spokesperson of the AAP, has shared one of these photos with a caption saying: “Does Delhi belong to Khattar’s (Manohar Lal Khattar) father that he is stopping the farmers? Delhi belongs to the farmers of this country.”

The photo shared by Bharadwaj, who has over 150k followers on Twitter, has been liked by more than 1,000 people.

Not only Bharadwaj, but AAP’s national spokesperson Raghav Chadha has also shared the same photo with a quote by B.R. Ambedkar: “However good a Constitution may be, if those who are implementing it are not good, it will prove to be bad. However bad a Constitution may be, if those implementing it are good, it will prove to be good.”

Official Twitter account of the Indian National Congress’ Youth Wing has also shared the same photo, along with a few others, as it hit out at the Khattar government in Haryana.

“India can never forgive the govt who treats those who feed this nation like terrorists,” it said.

Many others, including YouTuber Dhruv Rathee, also posted the photo shared by Bharadwaj and Chadha on Facebook, Twitter and other platforms.

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Fact check

ThePrint’s fact checker has found that the photos shared by AAP and the Youth Congress are not of the ongoing farmers protest but from a 2018 agitation led by the Bhartiya Kisan Union (BKU) (Tikait group). This includes the bottom left photo shared by the Youth Congress.

BKU farmers had marched towards Delhi in 2018 over demands that ranged from farm loan waiver to cut in fuel prices. They were stopped at the Delhi-Uttar Pradesh border, with police using water cannons to disperse them.

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