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Lots of empty chairs were seen during BJP's 2021 election rally in West Bengal.

An old photo has been revived to show that people are not attending BJP's election rally in West Bengal.

A couple of images are circulated on social media with the caption empty chairs at a BJP election meeting in West Bengal. One image shows Home Minister Amit Shah, BJP leader Mahendra Nath Pandey, and UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath sitting on the dais. Another image shows rows of empty chairs. But we found that these images are not taken from the election rally in West Bengal.

On conducting a reverse image search, we came across news reports published by Hindustan News and Amar Ujala, which carried the same image of empty chairs. The photos were clicked at an event called the youth assimilation program (Yuva Udgosh) organized by BJP in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, on January 20, 2018. Moreover, the three BJP leaders wore the same clothes as seen in the viral image, and the background setting matched perfectly.

Hence we mark the claim as False as the viral photos belong to a three-year-old event and not from a recent rally in West Bengal.

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