Old meeting pictures of Chandrababu Naidu with Akhilesh Yadav and DK Shivkumar were falsely shared!

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Akhilesh Yadav meets Chandrababu Naidu. This is getting interesting now. 

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There was a secret talk between Chandrababu Naidu and DK Shivkumar. Is this a Congress-TDP alliance? 

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Explanation

Lok Sabha results were announced on June 2, 2024, and the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) had a meeting in Parliament with its newly elected Members of Parliament (MPs) and announced their intention to form the government at the Centre.

On Friday, the NDA held an important meeting with its allies, including Nitish Kumar, Chandrababu Naidu, Chirag Paswan, Jayant Chaudhary, and Anupriya Patel. During this meeting, they approved Prime Minister Modi as the leader of their alliance.

Meanwhile, a picture and video are purporting that Telugu Desam Party president Chandrababu Naidu met Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav and shared that Akhilesh Yadav was discussing with Chandrababu Naidu joining the INDIA Alliance team.

Another video purports that Congress leader and Karnataka Deputy Chief Minister DK Shivakumar secretly met Chandrababu Naidu at the airport, and that they might have met for the Congress and TDP alliance. 

The same viral video and picture that were widely shared on X can be seen here, here, here, here, and here

What’s the truth? 

We ran a reverse image search using the viral image and keyframes of the viral video and found that both the visuals were old and unrelated to recent government-forming meetings. 

We found the 2019 dated tweet of Akhilesh Yadav with the caption ‘It is a pleasure to welcome Hon’ble Chief Minister Shri N Chandrababu Naidu Ji to Lucknow’.

Chandrababu meeting Akhilesh is from 2019, when Chandrababu Naidu was Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, and is unrelated to the recent alliance meeting. 

The same news is reported by media outlets such as NDTV, Udayavani, and Patrika

Next, the viral video is found posted on ANI X handle on December 20, 2023, with the caption ‘DK Shivakumar, Karnataka Deputy CM, met former CM of Andhra Pradesh and TDP chief N Chandrababu Naidu at HAL airport in Bengaluru earlier today’. 

The same news was reported by many media outlets such as Republic Tv, The New indian Express and NDTV.

Conclusion

We deduce that both the picture and video of Chandrababu Naidu meeting Akhilesh and DK Shivakumar separately are old and unrelated to recent alliance meetings.

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