Fact Check: No, This Image Does NOT Show Balasaheb Thackeray Giving Blessings To Eknath Shinde

Amid the ongoing political crisis in Maharashtra, a picture is being shared on social media with a claim, showing Balasaheb Thackeray giving blessings to rebel Shiv Sena leader Eknath Shinde.

The image is bring shared with the claim: “In an old photo, Balasaheb Thackeray giving blessings with tilak to Eknath Shinde.”

Here’s the link to the above post.

FACT CHECK 

NewsMobile fact-checked the post, and found it to be false.

We put the picture through a Reverse Image Search and found the same image in a report by Lokmat, dated May 15, 2022. As per the caption of the image, the picture is of Balasaheb Thackeray and Anand Dighe.

The Marathi caption (in English translation) says: “Balasaheb’s only question to Anand Dighe unlisted final; Uddhav Thackeray recalls.”

We found the same image in an article by BBC, dated April 2022. The report also mentioned that the image was of Balasaheb Thackeray and Anand Dighe.
Thus, from the above information, it is clear that the picture in question is not of Balasaheb Thackeray giving blessings to Eknath Shinde.

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