A 2017 video from Gujarat showing Prime Minister Narendra Modi greeted by enthusiastic crowds gathered to see him is being shared with a false claim that it is from Tamil Nadu.
The edited video is being shared in the backdrop of the Indian prime minister and Chinese President Xi Jinping kicking off their two-day informal summit on October 11, 2019, at Mahabalipuram about 50 km from Tamil Nadu’s capital Chennai.
In the video one can see the prime minister, flanked by security personnel, walking on the street and displaying his index finger to the crowd, to indicate that he had voted. The Telugu song ‘Veede Veede’ has been overlaid on to the video.
The clip has been tweeted with the caption, “Those who think Modi’s popularity in Tamilnadu is a myth must watch this video. The madi magic is sure to leave you spellbound! #DontGoBackModi #NarendraModi”
Related Stories:— Geetika Swami (@SwamiGeetika) October 12, 2019
Viral on Facebook
The same video was shared on Facebook with the caption, “Tamil Nadu shows its love for PM Modi” by the Facebook page named ‘My First Vote For Modi’, a page run by the Bharatiya Janata Party. The post was deleted soon after.
Taking a cue from Twitter replies pointing out that the video was not from Tamil Nadu, we broke the video into key-frames and ran a reverse image search using Google.
The search results showed that the video was from December 2017 during the Gujarat elections when PM Modi had gone to cast his vote in Ahmedabad, Gujarat.
Video from Gujarat
Additionally, in this report dated December 14, 2017, by ABP News, one can spot Modi wear the same clothes and similar visuals of his showing his index finger after voting. The same security personnel and cameraman can also be seen in the frame.
Previously shared with false claim
The same video has been previously shared in April 2019 by the same Twitter user with the caption, “Those who say there is no Modi wave in Tamilnadu ,This video is especially for them.” and using the hashtag ‘#TNElection2019‘.
#TNElection2019 . #EveryVoteForModi— Geetika Swami (@SwamiGeetika) April 18, 2019
Those who say there is no Modi wave in Tamilnadu ,This video is especially for them. Modi surprised everyone in 2014, this time he will leave every one spell bound 🙂 @narendramodi #VotingRound2 #VoteForChange pic.twitter.com/AIMmpLkE4G
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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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