A photo of Delhi Chief Minister and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) national convenor Arvind Kejriwal and Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann eating meat and drinking alcohol is being shared on social media taking a dig at the two.
However, we found that the image is altered. The original image is from November 2021, when both of them had attended a dinner invitation from an auto driver in Ludhiana during the Punjab Assembly polls campaigning.
The image is being shared taking a dig at the two leaders, alluding to the drug menace in Punjab and Delhi government's liquor excise policy that was implemented in November last year.
WHAT WE FOUND OUT
We conducted a Google reverse search on the photo and found a news report by NDTV from 23 November 2021.
The article read that during the campaigning for Punjab Assembly polls, the two leaders were invited for dinner by an auto driver in Ludhiana.
The Times of India report from 22 November 2021 read that auto driver Dilip Kumar Tiwari invited the duo during an 'Auto Samwad' in Ludhiana. Kejriwal and Mann attended the dinner, along with AAP MLA from the Dirba Assembly constituency Harpal Singh Cheema.
The photo, along with other photos, were also tweeted from the official handle of AAP on 22 November 2021.
The caption in Hindi, translated to, Kejriwal sat in the vehicle of an auto driver who had invited him for dinner and ate at his residence.
Here's a side-by-side comparison and both the leaders in the original photo can be seen eating vegetarian food and glasses filled with water can be seen beside the plates.
Clearly, an altered photo is being shared falsely claiming that Kejriwal and Mann were drinking alcohol together.
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