Fact Check: Old picture being used to claim UK PM performed Shri Ram Abhishek to mark Ayodhya bhoomi pujan

A quote attributed to UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson is being circulated on social media along with his picture.

The posts claimed, by posting a tweet from the @BorisUKJohnson twitter handle, that Boris Johnson performed an abhishek of Shri Ram on August 5 on occasion of the foundation stone laying ceremony of Ram Temple in Ayodhya since he is a big fan of Indian culture.

I’m a big fan of Indian Culture So I Did “SHRI RAM ABHISHEK” With Our Home minister at my Residence On 5th of August. Boris Johnson, PM UK” the post read.

FACT CHECK

NewsMobile fact checked the posts and found them to be misleading.

The first thing we noticed was that the initial tweet came from an unverified Twitter handle. We traced down the handle mentioned in the viral screenshot and found that it is an unofficial, unverified handle which was made in July 2010.

“Prime Minister Of UK | Unofficial | FC ” the Twitter bio read.

 

We also found out the official, verified account of Boris Johnson which is @BorisJohnson, which was created in April 2015.

 

We scanned through the verified account of PM Johnson but did not find any such tweet.

Upon further investigation, we found that the picture in question was shared by Johnson himself on December 11, 2019.

We found that the picture was taken when Boris Johnson visited Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, London, also known as the ‘Neasden Temple’, on December 7, 2019.

In conclusion, we can say that the post in question is misleading and false.

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