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Fact Check: Asaduddin Owaisi’s photo holding Ambedkar’s portrait morphed to show Lord Ram’s painting

An image of Asaduddin Owaisi holding the portrait of BR Ambedkar was morphed to show that he was holding Lord Ram's painting.

Edited By: Ashesh Mallick @asheshmallick07 New Delhi Published on: May 21, 2024 14:18 IST
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Fact Check by Boom: A doctored image of All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) president Asaduddin Owaisi was floated online with a false claim that showed him holding a portrait of Hindu deity Lord Ram. In its fact check, BOOM found that Owaisi was originally holding a painting of Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar instead. Owaisi contested from the Hyderabad Lok Sabha constituency which went to polls on May 13 in the fourth phase of the general elections. 

The photo is being shared on social media with a Hindi caption, which translates to, “When it seems that it will burst, even the best of people come in line!!”

India Tv - Viral image

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India Tv - Viral image

Image Source : XViral image

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Fact Check

During the fact check, BOOM ran a reverse image search on the picture and it was found that Owaisi had posted the original image on his official Facebook page on April 7, 2018. In the original picture, he is seen holding the portrait of BR Ambedkar and is accompanied by various people.

Owaisi posted the photograph and wrote, "Dalits from Mochi Colony met AIMIM President Barrister Asaduddin Owaisi at AIMIM party headquarters Darussalam & thanked him for taking development activities in their area (Ramnaspura div Bahadurpura Constituency)."

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Here is a comparison between the viral image and the original photograph posted by Owaisi in 2018.

India Tv - Viral image vs Original picture

Image Source : BOOMViral image vs Original picture

(Disclaimer: This story was originally published by BOOM, and republished by India TV as part of the Shakti Collective.)

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