The picture of Ghulam Nabi Azad meeting Amit Shah before leaving Congress is fake.

Claim

Ghulam Nabi Azad met Home Minister Amit Shah in the presence of Samant Kumar much before he left the Cong party . In fact he was Modified when he got the Third highest civilian award the Padma Bhushan award from the PM and was promised a RS seat .

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Explanation

Ghulam Nabi Azad recently quit from Congress after writing a long letter to Congress interim-President Sonia Gandhi. Speculations were rife that he would join the BJP immediately after quitting Congress but Ghulam Nabi Azad rubbished the rumours. But still many in social media allege that BJP is pulling strings behind these political developments. Some Congress supporters in social media use this picture to claim that Ghulam Nabi Azad met Amit Shah much before he left the Congress party.

What’s the truth?

When we reverse image searched the above picture, we found a similar image from Devendra Fadnavis’ twitter handle that was posted on 30th September 2021. It was taken during a meeting with Michael Lobo, a legislator from Goa and Amit Shah along with Devendra Fadnavis who was BJP’s Assembly election in-charge of Goa.

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We cropped Ghulam Nabi Azad out and created an image with just him and ran the search again. We found that a similar picture in a website called Pro Kerala. This picture was taken in 2014 when the then Union Home Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad met the then DMK President Karunanidhi at his residence.

The image of Devendra Fadnavis and Michael Lobo meeting Amit Shah is flipped and his face is removed to make way for the face of Samant Kumar Goel, the chief of Research and Analysis Wing (RAW). Then Michael Lobo is taken out to make way for Ghulam Nabi Azad to be included in the picture.

Conclusion

We find that the image being spread as Ghulam Nabi Azad meeting Amit Shah along with RAW Chief Samant Kumar Goel is fake. Its morphed and edited using two different pictures.

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