Fact Check: Post Showing Pictures Of President Murmu, PM Modi And CM Eknath Shinde Is Fabricated

A picture collage is widely shared on social media, showing President Droupadi Murmu, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde and UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath in their youth.

The post was shared with a caption: “नीचे चार फोटो को देखकर आश्चर्य होता है कि भाग्य का खेल भी गजब है…1प्रधानमंत्री 2राष्ट्रपति 3उत्तर प्रदेश मुख्यमंत्री 4महाराष्ट्र मुख्यमंत्री”

Here’s the link to the above post.

FACT CHECK

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

We checked the pictures individually and found the following:

President Droupadi Murmu
We put the image through a Reverse Image Search and found the picture of this lady in a report by News 18, dated July 23, 2022. According to the report, the woman in the picture is Sukumar Tudu, who is a sanitation worker at Uparbeda’s primary health centre. Uparbeda is a village in Mayurbhanj district of Odisha. Thus, it is clear that the picture is not of President Droupadi Murmu.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi
Through a Reverse Image Search, we found the original picture on the website of AP Images. And the original image is not of PM Modi.

The description of the image reads: One of India’s “untouchable” caste holds the broom he uses in sweeping out streets, yards and houses, June 2, 1946. The untouchables, or Harijans (Children of God) as they are called by Gandhi, do all of the nation’s “unclean” work. Gandhi repeatedly has said the curse of oppressive British rule was a just punishment for the sin of untouchability that high-caste Hindus have practised for many centuries. (AP Photo/Max Desfor)

Hence, it is clear that the original image is photoshopped and face of PM Modi is superimposed on the other man.

Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde
A Reverse Image Search on the picture led us to a tweet where the same picture was shared with same claim. A social media user has also pointed out that the image is not of Eknath Shinde. The tweet reads: This is Maharashtra Rikshaw Panchayat founder president Baba Kamble, not Eknath Shinde. Eknath Shinde joined Shiv Sena in the early ’80s. Elected to Thane Municipal Corporation as a corporator for the first time in 1997.

The same image was also found on the Facebook page, called ‘Maharashtra Rickshaw Panchayat Pune’. The image was shared with a caption: “Maharashtra Rickshaw Panchayat founder president, hardworking leader Baba Kamble’s photo with a rickshaw. This is a photo of 1997, while driving a rickshaw. While worshipping rickshaw in Shravan, Pimpri Ratrani Rickshaw Stand.”

Thus, it is clear that the picture is not of Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde.

UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath
We ran a search and found the same image in a report by ABP News, with a headline:
“From Ajay Singh Bisht to Being UP CM, Adityanath Celebrates 48th Birthday; Here Are Some Interesting Facts from His Life.”

A 2017 report by Mumbai Mirror also featured the same image with a caption: “21-year-old Ajay Singh Bhist transforming into Yogi Adityanath.”

Hence, it is clear that the above picture is of Yogi Adityanath.

Based on the above fact check, it can be concluded that all the images except Yogi Adityanath’s picture are misleading.

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