2018 Photo Of Ashok Gehlot Pouring Tea Revived With Misleading Claim

BOOM found that the viral picture was clicked in December 2018 when Gehlot was celebrating the Congress party's victory in the Rajasthan state election.

A nearly two-year-old picture of Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot serving tea to Congress party workers and other guests at his residence while celebrating the party's victory in the 2018 assembly elections is being shared with false captions linking it to present day political crisis in the state.

BOOM found that the photo was clicked on December 11, 2018, the day the results of the Rajasthan assembly elections were declared. Congress had wrest control of the state from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), winning 99 seats.

The old photograph has been revived in the background of the present-day turmoil in Rajasthan. With Congress leader and former Deputy Chief Minister Sachin Pilot's rebellion, there are fears of Congress being destabilised in the state. Read more about Rajasthan political crisis here.

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The viral post shares a picture of Gehlot pouring tea from a flask into a cup. He can be seen surrounded by people, none of whom are wearing masks to indicate that the photo was not taken during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

The Hindi caption with the post (archive) translates to 'One should never mock someone's profession. Till recently Congress used to mock Modi calling him a tea vendor and today the situation is such that a Congress chief minister is serving tea to his MLAs'.

(Hindi: कभी किसी पेशे को मजाक नहीं बनाना चाहिए यदि कोई व्यक्ति कुछ भी काम करके पैसा कमा रहा है तो उस व्यक्ति के पेशे का मजाक नहीं उड़ाना चाहिए | कल तक कांग्रेसी मोदी का चाय वाला कहकर मजाक उड़ाते थे आज हालत ऐसी हो गई एक कांग्रेसी मुख्यमंत्री को खुद अपने हाथों से विधायकों को चाय पिलानी पड़ रही है )

The picture is viral from several Facebook pages.


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The picture is also viral on Twitter with similar claims. The tweet in Hindi translates to 'Those who used to mock the tea seller are today themselves serving tea to their MLAs'.

(Hindi: चायवाले का मजाक उड़ाने वाले आज खुद अपने ही लोगों को मनाने घूम घूम कर चाय पिला रहे हैं..। )

Fact Check

BOOM did a reverse image search on the picture and found it on the website of Getty Images.


The caption with the photo reads 'Rajasthan Election 2018 Result: Former Rajasthan chief minister Ashok Gehlot serves tea to the Congress party workers and guests while celebrating Rajasthan Assembly election results, at his residence in Jaipur,Rajasthan,India ,Tuesday, Dec 11, 2018.(Photo By Vishal Bhatnagar/NurPhoto via Getty Images) (Photo by Vishal Bhatnagar/NurPhoto via Getty Images.

Similar pictures of Gehlot serving tea has been shared by several media houses.


Various news reports carrying the same picture can be seen here, here and here.

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Updated On: 2020-07-31T15:13:49+05:30
Claim Review :   Image shows Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot serving tea to MLAs amid a political crisis in the state
Claimed By :  Facebook pages
Fact Check :  False
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