A photograph showing an old woman hug Congress President Rahul Gandhi has come under flak from Twitter users and a few functionaries of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) after netizens pointed out to the presence of a ghost hand in the photo.
The image has been widely used by the Indian National Congress (Congress) in its electoral campaign particularly in posters for its flagship poverty alleviation scheme Nyay.
The background of the photo has been blurred but a set of fingers is visible on the woman’s sari, at the bottom right corner of the image.
The photo has been revived by social media users questioning to whom does the ghost hand belong to. (Hindi translation: ये तीसरा हाथ किसका है ?)
Several of the captions insinuate that the Congress party shared a photoshopped or fake image of Gandhi to boost his public image.
The same picture was tweeted by several verified Twitter handles including that of Smriti Irani and Tajinder Pal Singh Bagga.
When BOOM ran a reverse image search on the viral image, we found a similar image tweeted from the handle @i_theindian on January 8,2019 as a reply to a tweet by wire agency ANI.
This image makes it clear that there is another man standing beside the old woman, which explains the ghost hand.
A further search shows the image is from December 2015, when Gandhi visited Puducherry to meet locals affected by devastating floods. Read more about the Puducherry flood here.
The image was also tweeted from Congress’ official Twitter handle.
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Sumit is a fact checker and the News Editor of Boom's Hindi wing. In the six years of his journalistic career, he has worked with the New Indian Express, Times of India and Deccan Chronicle. The dynamic nature of digital media finally made him take the leap from print to online, and don the hat of a digital detective.
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