Fact Check: Smriti Irani’s Photo Edited To Suggest She Is Monitoring Congress’ ‘Bharat Jodo Yatra’

An image of Union Minister Smriti Irani looking at Rahul Gandhi’s photo on her laptop screen has gone viral on social media with a claim that she is closely monitoring Congress’s ongoing ‘Bharat Jodo Yatra’. 

The image is being shared on Facebook with the caption, “भारत जोड़ो यात्रा में राहुल गाँधी पर सिलेंडर वाली चच्ची पैनी नज़र रखे हुए है”

(English translation: Cylinder Chachi is keeping a close watch on Rahul Gandhi in Bharat Jodo Yatra)

Here’s the link to the above post


NewsMobile fact-checked the above claim and found it to be FALSE. 

Doing a simple Reverse Image Search directed us to the official Instagram handle of Smriti Irani that carried the original image. The image caption reads, “Pandemic Mornings.” 


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A post shared by Smriti Irani (@smritiiraniofficial)

We noticed that Irani’s laptop screen does not display Rahul Gandhi’s image, as shown in the viral image. Additionally, in the viral image the colour of the liquid in the glass has been altered to make it look like alcohol. Below is the comparison between the viral image and the original image. 

Thus, it is evident from the above information that an edited image is being falsely shared to suggest Smriti Irani is keeping a close watch on Congress’s ‘Bharat Jodo Yatra’.

Therefore, the viral claim is false. 

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