Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) Chief, Lalu Prasad Yadav held a massive rally in Bihar’s capital Patna on Sunday. The rally is designed as a show of opposition strength. Political big shots including Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad, West Bengal Chief Minister, and Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee and Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav were present in the mega anti- BJP rally in the city’s Gandhi Maidan.
Lalu Yadav wife, sons Tejaswi and Tej Pratap Yadav, and daughter Misa Bharti, a Rajya Sabha MP were also present in the event. As expected, thousands of people attended the rally and halted in the Gandhi Maidan.
Not Lalu Prasad Yadav, not people sparked the buzz online. It’s Lalu Prasad Yadav’s tweet that sparked the buzz. Lalu tweeted a morphed picture of the people in the Maidan which showed an excess number of people in it.
Photos showing crowd strength have frequently dominated Twitter verse this year. Starting way back in January when people compared crowds at US President Donald Trump’s inauguration ceremony with that of his predecessor Barack Obama, to the masses of people who gathered recently to welcome actress Sunny Leone in Kochi.
Lalu’s tweet read, “No ‘Face’ will stand in front of Lalu’s “Base”. Come & Count as much as u can in Gandhi Maidan, Patna #DeshBachao”, along with a photo of the Gandhi Maidan seemingly teeming with people.
— Lalu Prasad Yadav (@laluprasadrjd) August 27, 2017
The image appeared to have been digitally altered to show a larger crowd than real. Within moments of Mr. Yadav posting the picture, social media users started pointing out the goof.
About an hour later, ANI posted images allegedly from the Opposition rally in Patna, claiming that the “crowd sizes” were “different” than in the photograph posted by Lalu and the ones shared by the news agency.
RJD's Patna rally: Picture taken from same point where Lalu Prasad Yadav's purported picture was taken; crowd sizes are different. pic.twitter.com/3QuEsBlQua
— ANI (@ANI) August 27, 2017
Soon, sarcasm made an appearance as well.
Photoshop invented by Modi Ji in 2013-14 and successfully grab by all political parties.
— S #TeamWeirdo (@FeIine_) August 27, 2017
Either give Rs 2000 and get huge crowd or photoshop the pic.
Lalu Yadav photoshopped the pic with Rs 2000 note filter.
Smart chap 😂😂 pic.twitter.com/Pae4MNoX3Q
— JetLee aka Vasooli Bhai (@Vishj05) August 27, 2017
Only haters will say this is Photoshop.
I knw this crowd is real ppl evn came from Africa, yuganda and timbaktu alsohttps://t.co/ffbc5bIrwr
— तिरंगा 🔵 (@iamraj_offical) August 27, 2017
Today in Patna, thanks to Photoshop, Lalu Yadav and his illustrious progeny demonetised the crowd.
— SUHEL SETH (@suhelseth) August 27, 2017
All people are wearing same dress .. definetly photo shop
— बंटाधार बाबू (@bantadharbabu) August 27, 2017
Some even offered help to the leader who recently ended the alliance with Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar. They shared images they thought were photoshopped better.
— SwapnilZanwar (@swapnilzanwar) August 27, 2017
Trust me, I am a Liar 😎 pic.twitter.com/SKod9EkKLb
— Rahul Thakkar #Coffee wala ☕ (@DegreeWaleBabu) August 27, 2017
Photoshop Hatao Asli Picture Dikhao 😜😜😜 pic.twitter.com/zBGomY7XZm
— Rohit Bhat (@iRohitBhat) August 27, 2017
— Piyush Singh 🇮🇳 (@singhpiyush_) August 27, 2017
That's correct pic, Just now Nasa Spacecraft clicked the pic, Even aliens are coming to see how a 9th pass is making fool to Bihar public pic.twitter.com/FAJigqBGXt
— kumarpratik (@kumarpratik) August 27, 2017
The RJD’s rally comes weeks after the party was ousted from power in Bihar, following Chief Minister Nitish Kumar’s dramatic resignation and re-appointment. No one is safe from Twitter’s hawkish eyes.