05/01/2016 11:40 AM IST | Updated 29/08/2016 9:03 PM IST

How An Old Picture Of Rajiv Chowk Led To A Heated Debate On Delhi's Odd-Even Rule


One dominant characteristic of social media is the herd mentality that it seems to encourage among its users. Often, content on social media is shared and outraged over without verification of its authenticity or relevance. That's exactly what happened on Monday--the fourth day of the implementation of the odd-even rule by the Delhi government.

While many tweeted saying that the roads are nearly empty given that only cars with even registration numbers could ply on the road, some shared pictures from overcrowded metro stations, in an indication that Kejriwal's policy has completely failed.

These two pictures of Rajiv Chowk metro station went viral.

Many journalists including Rajdeep Sardesai claimed that the station was witnessing a heavy rush while Pallavi Ghosh tweeted the picture too.

However, turns out the pictures were from last year--just ahead of Diwali.

In reality, this is what Rajiv Chowk looked like:

Delhi Transport Minister Gopal Rai said that it was sad that old pictures of Rajiv Chowk Metro Station were being circulated just to demean the ambitious scheme of the Delhi Government. “Sad that old and false pictures of Rajiv Chowk Metro Station are being circulated,” Rai told a press conference.

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But, you cannot stop social media once it's got a weapon in its hands. Even if the weapon is an old picture which doesn't represent the real situation.

So, Twitter went crazy trying to imagine a MORE crowded Rajiv Chowk.

And then the trolls got into action. Whoever supported odd-even were spammed with more such fake pictures.

Even though the odd-even formula may not have turned metro stations to battle grounds, it definitely has turned Twitter into one.

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