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FAKE ALERT: No, PM Modi isn't bowing down in front of Adani's wife

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The Times Of India
16th October, 2019 16:32 IST

CLAIM

A photo of PM Narendra Modi bowing down in front of a woman is going viral with the claim that he bowed down in front of industrialist Gautam Adani’s wife Priti Adani.

The photo is being shared with this claim by several Facebook and Twitter users for quite some time now.



TRUTH
Modi isn’t bowing down in front of Priti Adani. The woman Modi is bowing down in front of in the photo is the former Mayor of Tumkur , a city in Karnataka .

VERIFICATION AND METHODOLOGY
On running a reverse-image search on the picture on Google search engine, we found a Reddit post dated September 25, 2014, which shared the same photo with a text that reads “Modi greeting Tumkur mayor (after leaving ISRO to launch that food park) (sic)”.

Modi greeting Tumkur mayor (after leaving ISRO to launch that food park) from r/indianews


We also found a Navbharat Times news report dated April 10, 2017 which busted the same claim made with the photo.

“The woman whom PM Modi is bowing down to is not related to Adani. She is in fact the former mayor of the city of Tumkur in Karnataka. Her name is Geeta Rudresh. Modi had come to Tumkur to inaugurate a food park. He was welcomed by Rudresh upon his arrival,” the report mentions.

Using relevant keywords on Google search, we found a Vijay Karnataka report dated September 25, 2014, which had the details about Modi’s visit to Tumkur. The report used the same image as the one now going viral with the false claim.

VERDICT
Times Fact Check has found that photo of Modi bowing down in front of former Tumkur mayor is being shared with false claim that Modi bowed down in front of Adani’s wife.

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