Dated Photo Of Rahul And Priyanka Gandhi Shared With Misleading Claim
The photo in fact shows the Gandhis greeting each other at an airport while campaigning during India's general election in April 2019
The photo of Priyanka Gandhi Vadra (L) and Rahul Gandhi (R) was published on Facebook here on October 1, 2020.
(Screenshot of the misleading Facebook post taken on October 11, 2020.)
The post's Hindi caption translates to English as: "Opposition leaders going to Hathras, you can clearly see their faces how sad they are #BrotherSisterDrama."
The post circulated just days before the Gandhis met the parents of an alleged gangrape victim in the Indian city of Hathras on October 3, 2020, as reported here by Press Trust of India news agency. The rape of a lower-caste teenager allegedly by four upper-caste men occured on September 14, 2020, AFP reported here.
The photo was shared alongside a similar claim here and here on Facebook; and here and here on Twitter.
The claim, however, is false.
Reverse image and keyword searches on Google found the photo actually shows Gandhi's over a year before the false claim alleges.
The photo was published here on the official Twitter account of the Indian Nation Congress (INC) on April 27, 2019. The Hindi language tweet translates to English as: "Some golden moments in midst of elections."
चुनावी व्यस्तता के बीच कुछ सुनहरे पल— Congress (@INCIndia) April 27, 2019
@RahulGandhi @priyankagandhi pic.twitter.com/b1Bzt1ahDo
Below is a screenshot comparison of the misleading post's photo (L) and 2019 INC photo (R):
Rahul Gandhi also published a Facebook live video here on April 27, 2019, showing the siblings greeting each other at an airport in Uttar Pradesh (UP) during the 2019 general elections.
The caption reads: "Was nice meeting Priyanka at Kanpur Airport! We're headed to different meetings in UP."
This light-hearted exchange between Gandhis was also reported by several news outlets on April 27, 2019; for example here by English news channel NDTV and here by English newspaper The Indian Express.
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