Fact Check: 2009 Picture Of Priyanka Gandhi Vadra In A Red Saree Falsely Linked To Upcoming UP Polls

A picture of Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra in a red saree has gone viral on social media with a claim that she is sporting her grandmother former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi’s saree while campaigning for upcoming UP assembly elections.

The Facebook post read, “UP चुनाव की शुरुआत हो चुकी है.. और दादी की साड़ी भी अलमारी से निकल चुकी है लेकिन मिलेगा वही जो लटक रहा है”

(English Translation: UP elections have started…And grandma’s saree has also come out of the cupboard. But you will get what is hanging…(Nothing!))



NewsMobile fact-checked the above post and found it to be old and misleading.

We got our first clue when we looked at the picture carefully and found that neither Priyanka nor her security personnel were wearing masks.

On putting the picture through Google Reverse Image Search, we found that the same picture of Priyanka Gandhi went viral in 2018 as well. We found the same post on Facebook and Twitter claiming that the picture was clicked when Priyanka hit the campaign trail for upcoming elections.

Further, with the help of keyword search, we found the same picture on Flickr dated April 12, 2009, claiming that Priyanka Gandhi is at a Durga Temple while campaigning for her brother Rahul Gandhi in Amethi.

Other similar pictures of the same day from different angles were found here.

Further, we also found a similar picture of Priyanka Gandhi on Getty Images dated April 12, 2009.

The picture description read, “Priyanka Gandhi Vadra smiles as she leaves a Durga Temple during an election campaign for her brother Rahul Gandhi, Congress general secretary in Amethi on April 12, 2009. Indian voters are set to go to the polls in five phases across the country for general elections from April 16-May 13. AFP PHOTO/HO/pressbrief.in (Photo credit should read STR/AFP via Getty Images)”

NewsMobile had debunked a similar claim in 2020 when it went viral in connection with Bihar Assembly elections.

Fact Check: 11-yr-old picture of Priyanka Gandhi Vadra falsely linked to campaigning for upcoming Bihar polls

Hence, with the help of the above information, it is clear that Priyanka Gandhi Vadra’s picture in a red saree is old and is not related to the upcoming UP elections.

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