An image of a billboard is viral on social media insinuating that Dainik Bhaskar, a prominent newspaper has put up the board taking a jibe at Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath. The text on the billboard reads, “ना मठ का महंत, ना फेंकू संत। अब चलेगा केवल सच यूपी में ख़बरें न दबेंगी, न रुकेंगी।” (That translates in English as, “Neither the Mahant of the monastery nor the boasting saint. Now only truth will be shown in UP, the news will neither be suppressed nor stopped.”)
The post is widely being shared on Facebook.
The post is also being shared on Twitter.
On looking at the billboard image closely we found a watermark of @YogiJhootaHai and a logo at the left bottom corner. Taking the cue from this, we found a Facebook page with the username Yogi Jhoota Hai. The page has posted the viral billboard on 22 July with the caption that reads: “‘दमनकारी सरकार’ ने ‘दैनिक भाष्कर’ की आवाज़ दबाने की कोशिश की, फिर जो दैनिक भाष्कर करना चाहेगा वह आपके सामने है” (The oppressive government tried to thwart Dainik Bhaskar‘s voice, what Dainik Bhaskar would want to do after that is in front of you”.) Therefore, the caption suggests that the billboard was morphed and posted by the page after the raid by the Income Tax department in the premises of the Dainik Bhaskar Group office across India for alleged tax evasion.
On doing a reverse image search, we found a similar image was uploaded by The Print on January 4, 2020. The original image is a billboard of an Aam Aadmi Party in Delhi. The text on the billboard reads, “Nation wants Narendra Modi, Delhi wants Arvind Kejriwal.”
On comparing both the images we found the following similarities in both the images:
- The lights focused on the billboard are the same.
- The same lampost around the same white building in the background.
- The same tree beside the green pole holding the billboard.
We also found a fact-check article published by Dainik Jagran. In the article, the Hindi newspaper has confirmed that the viral billboard is morphed.
Hence, we can evidently conclude that the viral image is morphed and Dainik Bhaskar has no billboard that reads, “ना मठ का महंत, ना फेंकू संत।