Fake Viral

Photo of Rajasthan youth protesting over unemployment viral as UPTET aspirants sleeping in open

Written by Md Mahfooz Alam

Amid the political slugfest over the question paper leak of the UP Teacher Eligibility Test (UPTET), a photo claimed to be of aspirants sleeping in open on a cold winter night has gone viral.

The exam was scheduled to be held on Sunday, however, the entrance test was cancelled after the information about a question paper leak.

Facto News found out the claim is false, the photo is indeed from UP, but it is not related to UPTET.

A Facebook user, Shiv Singh Yadav, posted the photo with the caption that reads: “कड़कड़ाती ठंढ में रात ऐसे गुजारनी पड़े और सुबह पता चले कि परीक्षा ही रद्द हो गयी है ! अभ्यार्थियों के भविष्य से एक बार फिर खिलवाड़ – इतनी सर्द रातों में घरों से निकले थे परीक्षा देने ये सोंचकर की शायद अब कामयाबी मिल जाए लेकिन… सेंटर पहुंचते ही तुगलकी फरमान आया और परीक्षा रद्द, #UPTET नाकाम उत्तर प्रदेश की योगी सरकार”

(Translation: The night was spent like this in the bitter cold and in the morning the exam was cancelled. They played with the future of aspirants once again.  The aspirants came on such a cold night,  thinking they might qualify for the exam and get success but Tughlaqi’s decree came as soon as they reached the centre and the examination was cancelled, #UPTET Yogi government of Uttar Pradesh failed)

(Source: Facebook/Screenshot))

Several Facebook users have shared the photo with making the same claim.

(Source: Facebook/Screenshot)

FactO Check: 

On conducting multiple Google reverse searches of the viral photo, we came across a tweet by the LP Pant, National Editor of the Dainik Bhaskar. According to his post, the photo is of unemployed people of Rajasthan who have come to Lucknow from Jaipur.

Taking the cue, we searched the news using keywords and came across a post of Dainik Bhaskar on Instagram carrying the same photo. According to the newspaper, the people in the photo came from Rajasthan to Lucknow. These people have been protesting for 46 days raising the issue of lack of jobs.

The Congress government of Rajasthan did not pay heed to their demands, so they have come to Lucknow to complain about the same to Priyanka Gandhi.  The protesters had to spend the night in the cold on Saturday, 27 November.

(Source: Dainik Bhaskar/Screenshot )

We also came across a tweet of ZEE Rajasthan carrying the same photo. The tweet also reports the same news.

UP police fact check Twitter handle also debunked the fake claim by confirming that the photo is not related to the aspirants of UPTET. The tweet also confirms that the photo is of the youths of Rajasthan.


Therefore, it is evident that the photo is of the youth of Rajasthan who has come to Lucknow to complain about the Rajasthan Congress government to Priyanka Gandhi.

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About the author

Md Mahfooz Alam

Mahfooz is a multimedia journalist and regularly writes fact-check stories for Facto News. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism and Mass Communication. He has worked as an intern fact-checker for The Quint. He specializes in research and fact-checking and aspires to do investigative reporting.

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