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New Delhi: To consolidate the secular image of the Congress, the party’s youth wing in Gujarat has shared a photoshopped image on Facebook and Twitter.

The image shows a Muslim, a sadhu, a Sikh, a Jain saint and another spiritual leader carrying the Congress party flag. It is accompanied with a picture of Congress president Rahul Gandhi and a message: “Only Congress can unite the country, Hindus, Muslims, Sikhs and Christians — Congress is with everyone.”

The post on Twitter has 68 likes and 29 retweets, and 64 likes on Facebook. The image was posted on Twitter on 9 April, while on Facebook it was uploaded on 10 April.

कांग्रेस ही देश को जोड़े रख सकती है हिन्दू मुस्लिम सिख ईसाई सबके साथ कांग्रेस का हाथ|

Gujarat Youth Congress यांनी वर पोस्ट केले मंगळवार, ९ एप्रिल, २०१९

The original picture was clicked at a Republic Day parade event at Wagah Border in Amritsar in 2018 where inter-faith leaders — Acharya Lokesh Muni, Swami Dipankar, Sushil Goswami, Dr Imam Ilyasi and Paramjit Singh Chandhok — had carried the Indian flag, which was replaced with the Congress flag in the photoshopped image.

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Not the first time

This is, however, not the first time that a political party has used this picture to promote itself as a secular organisation.

Last year, the picture was photoshopped and used by former Samajwadi Party (SP) legislator Meera Deepak Yadav. The accompanying text read: “Sab samaj ki hai pukaar, Meera Deepak Yadav ab ki baar. (Everyone is calling for another term for Meera Deepak Yadav)”.

The photshopped image was exposed by Swami Dipankar.

“We went for an event at the Wagah border…our image has been photoshopped to display the SP flag,” Dipankar had tweeted last year. “It is saddening to see the low level of politics, and it is important for the party to restore its image by investigating the matter.”

Acharya Lokesh Muni had also shared a video of the Republic Day event, and urged the police and the administration to take immediate action.

In collaboration with SM Hoaxslayer.

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