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No, This Is Not A Photo Of Motilal Vora Touching Rahul Gandhi’s Feet

No, This Is Not A Photo Of Motilal Vora Touching Rahul Gandhi’s Feet

The person seen bowing in the photo is Chhattisgarh Minister TS Singh Deo.

Image purporting to show Vora touching Rahul Gandhi's feet

A viral social media post claiming veteran Congress politician Motilal Vora touched the feet of former Congress President Rahul Gandh, is false.

Vora, a former union minister, is in the news on the backdrop of Gandhi finally breaking his silence this week on stepping down as party president.

According to the party’s internal rules, Vora who is the senior most general secretary, is supposed to chair meetings and perform the routine duties of the president if the party president resigns as reported by NDTV.

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Rahul Gandhi feet being touched
Viral WhatsApp message

The caption accompanying the photo claims, ‘new president of Congress Motilal Vora (90 years) taking blessings from king Rahul by touching his feet…ex prime minister Manmohan Singh holds the bouquet given to Rahul as an obedient house help”

Viral on Twitter

The image was also viral on Twitter with the same caption.

Misleading tweet on Gandhi feet being touched by Vora
Misleading tweet

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Misleading tweet on Motilal Vora in hindi
Same image viral on Twitter

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Sunil Jain, managing editor of the Financial Express had also shared the same image with the caption, “Good to see @INCIndia breaking free from the Gandhis as @RahulGandhi wanted. New President #Motilal Vora is not touching Rahul’s feet for his blessings, he just slipped.”

Sunil Jain tweer
Deleted tweet

He latter on deleted the tweet citing “some confusion over the picture”.

FACT-CHECK

The same image was previously viral in December 2018 and BOOM had previously fact-checked the image which was taken during the swearing-in ceremony of Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel.

The person seen bowing in the photo is TS Singh Deo and not Motilal Vora as being claimed in the viral post.

A side-by-side comparison of the black sandals worn by the man in the photo and by Deo in another photograph on his official Facebook page, confirm it is the same person.

TS Deo in the photo
TS Singh Deo in the viral picture

Hindi newspaper Patrika had reported that Deo had bent down to pick up a stray thread emanating from Manmohan Singh’s bouquet. (Click here to view)

Screenshot of Patrika's epaper
Screenshot of Patrika’s epaper

BOOM had also spoken at that time to a local reporter who was present at the ceremony who claimed that Deo did not touch Gandhi’s feet in the said photograph.

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Claim Review : Congress Veteran Leader Motilal Vora Touches Rahul Gandhi's Feet

Fact Check : FALSE

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Anmol Alphonso is a fact-checker with BOOM. He has previously interned at IndiaSpend as a fact-checker and was a reporting intern at Times of India, Indian Express, and Mid-Day. He is a post-graduate diploma holder in journalism from St Paul’s Institute of Communication Education, Mumbai.

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