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This tweet about farmers protest is made from a fan page (Parody account) of Ranjan Gogoi


The screenshot of a tweet purportedly made by the former Chief Justice of India and Rajya Sabha member Ranjan Gogoi is being shared on social media. In the tweet, Ranjan Gogoi alleges that farmers’ who are protesting against the new farm laws are actually enjoying the benefits from ‘Kisan Samman Nidhi Yojana’. Sharing this tweet, a user claims that Ranjan Gogoi has become a puppet of BJP and criticizing the farmers. Let’s verify the claims made in the post.

The archived version of the post can be seen here.    

Claim: Former CJI and Rajya Sabha member Ranjan Gogoi’s tweet highlighting the hypocrisy of protesting farmers.

Fact: Former Chief Justice of India and Rajya Sabha Member Ranjan Gogoi does not have an official account on Twitter. This tweet is made by a fan page (Parody) account of Ranjan Gogoi. Hence, the claim made in the post is FALSE.

On searching for the official Twitter handle of former CJI Ranjan Gogoi, we found that he has no account on Twitter. Using the username mentioned in the screenshot, we found the Twitter account that made this tweet. In the description of the account, it is mentioned as the fan page (Parody) account of former CJI Ranjan Gogoi. This user posted this tweet on ‘07 January 2021’.

In the wake of ongoing farmers protest over the new farm laws, few BJP leaders made statements about farmers getting misguided by Political agendas. They can be read here and here. This post is also shared in this context.

To sum it up, the screenshot of a tweet shared as the one by Ranjan Gogoi is actually from a parody account.


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