It is not Conman Kiran Patel with PM Modi in a photo taken in 1994 but Minister Kishan Reddy

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Fraud Kiran Patel with Fascist Modi in 1993. Mostly people stick with like minded politicians

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Explanation

Kiran Patel was recently arrested by Jammu and Kashmir police for pretending to be the PMO official and cheating many by promising government contracts. In this situation, an old photo of PM Narendra Modi with three others is shared to claim that the conman Kiran Patel is seen with Modi in the photo taken in 1994. Some of the posts with such a claim can be seen here, here and here.

What is the truth?

When reverse-searching the viral image with Google Lens we found that the person in the photo with Modi is not conman Kiran Patel but Kishan Reddy, Union Minister of Tourism, Culture and Development.

An article titled ‘Narendra Modi & his foreign visits through the years’ by the Economic Times published in September 2017 is found carrying the viral photo mentioning it as “PM Narendra Modi posing for a photograph outside the White House with his friends during his first ever visit to the United States, in the mid-nineties”.

Another article dated 26, September 2014 by Indian Express carries a set of photographs including the viral one mentioning it as an image of Modi which was taken outside the White House in Washington in 1994 when he had visited the USA as a tourist. The first person in the photo is identified as G Kishan Reddy, Union Minister from Telangana.

The same photo is also found posted by Kishan Reddy on his Facebook page ‘Kishan Reddy Gangapuram’ on 25, September 2014 along with a few other photos with the caption “20 years ago in 1994 Sri Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India, visited USA on the invitation of ACYPL (American Council of Young Political Leaders). I was part of his team along with Sri Ananth Kumar Union Minister for fertilizers and Chemicals and today he is visiting USA again as the proud Prime Minister of India. Let us greet him to make this historic movement in Indo-US relation. Here are a few pictures from my memory-lane which feel to share with you to reminisce the occasion.”

Conclusion

It is found that a photo of PM Modi taken in 1994 with Kishan Reddy and a few others is shared to falsely claim that it is conman Kiran Patel.

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