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Fact Check: Will the tax be applied to Ganga Aarti and Pandits in Varanasi?

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A newspaper cutting is going viral on social media. On which it is written, “Ganga aarti and pandits will be charged.” Describing this paper cutting as recent on social media, users are claiming that tax has started on the worship of Hindus under the BJP government.

A user on Facebook writes, “Tax will be imposed on the rituals of Hindus under the rule of the so-called great Hindu Hriday Samrat Shri Yogi Adityanath Ji and Shri Narendra Modi Ji….! Lawyers said it is unfair to charge pando #taxjeev.”(English Translation)

Fact Check:

To know the reality behind the viral claim, DFRAC reverse searched the image on Google. We found this paper cutting was shared by many users on Facebook and Twitter in the year 2020.

A user on twitter writes, “@narendramodi @AmitShah @myogiadityanath @Dev_Fadnavis @OfficeofUT you all are seeing how wrong is happening It is not the fault of any Abdul when Shyam is bent on destroying his house. (English Translation)

we too found many news sites covering this report in the year 2020 like Hindustan times under the headline, “Varanasi Municipal Corporation will also charge fees from Ganga Aarti and Pandits.”(English Translation)

Conclusion:

The newspaper cutting going viral is of year 2020 and not from the recent year.

Claim Review: tax to be applied to Ganga Aarti and Pandits in Varanasi.

Claimed by: social media users.

Fact Check: misleading

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