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Fact Check: Amit Shah was greeting PM Modi, not Owaisi; viral picture is morphed

Vishvas News investigated and found the claim of the viral post to be fake. The picture showing the meeting of Owaisi and Amit Shah is morphed. In the original picture, Amit Shah can be seen with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

  • By Vishvas News
  • Updated: September 20, 2021

Vishvas News (New Delhi): With the activation of AIMIM in the Uttar Pradesh assembly elections, fake news has started going viral about its chief Asaduddin Owaisi. A picture has gone viral showing Owaisi with Union Home Minister Amit Shah. This picture had circulated once before as well. Vishvas News investigated and found the claim of the viral post to be fake. The picture showing the meeting of Owaisi and Amit Shah is morphed. In the original picture, Amit Shah can be seen with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Claim

Facebook user Ajay Sharma, while uploading the edited picture of Asaduddin Owaisi and Amit Shah, wrote in a sarcastic manner: “Owaisi, meeting Rahul Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi welcomed him with a bowed head!!!”

Considering this picture to be true, other users are also making it viral. View the archived version of the post here.

Investigation

Vishvas News took the help of Google reverse image search tool to check the truth behind the picture. In a search, we found the original image on Business Today’s website. This picture was used in a news dated October 20th, 2014. In the original picture, we saw PM Narendra Modi instead of Owaisi. The caption stated that Amit Shah welcomed PM Narendra Modi on October 19, 2014. The original photo can be seen here. As per the report, after winning the Maharashtra and Haryana assembly elections on October 15, Narendra Modi’s magic worked once again.

During the investigation, we also found the original picture on Getty Images. It was clicked by a photojournalist named Sajjad Hussain. It stated that party President Amit Shah welcomed PM Narendra Modi, who arrived at the BJP Parliamentary Board meeting on October 19, 2014.

Vishvas News contacted photojournalist Sajjad Hussain. He told that the viral picture has been edited. Narendra Modi was in the original picture. This picture was of the old BJP office.

We scanned the profile of Facebook user Ajay Sharma. We found that he has around 74000 followers on social media.

Conclusion: Vishvas News investigated and found the claim of the viral post to be fake. The picture showing the meeting of Owaisi and Amit Shah is morphed. In the original picture, Amit Shah can be seen with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

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