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Edited Image of PM Modi, Amit Shah Wearing Skull Caps Goes Viral

The image is from outside former Union Minister late Arun Jaitley’s house and dates back to August 2019.

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WebQoof
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Video Editor: Vivek Gupta

A morphed image of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah wearing skull caps is doing the rounds on social media with several people using it to claim that the BJP is indulging in appeasement politics ahead of the West Bengal Assembly elections.

CLAIM

The aforementioned image is being shared on Facebook and Twitter with a claim in Bangla, which translates to: “This picture isn't for everyone. This is for all the bhakts who like referring to Mamata as Mamata Begum. They are the ones who should name them (the people in the picture). We don't do anything in hiding, and neither do we want to. You couldn't hide, could you?”

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An archived version of the post can be accessed <a href="https://perma.cc/CF2S-8849">here</a>.
An archived version of the post can be accessed here.
(Source: Facebook/Screenshot)
An archived version of the post can be accessed <a href="https://perma.cc/NV6Q-PW5Z">here</a>.
An archived version of the post can be accessed here.
(Source: Facebook/Screenshot)
An archived version of the post can be accessed <a href="https://perma.cc/83ZT-9UTA">here</a>.
An archived version of the post can be accessed here.
(Source: Facebook/Screenshot)
An archived version of the tweet can be accessed <a href="https://archive.st/fa4p">here</a>.
An archived version of the tweet can be accessed here.
(Source: Twitter/Screenshot)

WHAT WE FOUND

We ran a reverse image search on the viral photo and found a zoomed-out version of the viral image in a News18 report published on 28 August 2019.

Edited Image of PM Modi, Amit Shah Wearing Skull Caps Goes Viral
(Source: News18/Screenshot)

According to the caption, the image is from outside former Union Minister late Arun Jaitley’s house where PM Modi and Home Minister Shah had gone to offer condolences after Jaitley’s death.

News18 had attributed the image to news agency PTI.

Next, we went to PTI archives and found the same image uploaded on 28 August 2019.

Edited Image of PM Modi, Amit Shah Wearing Skull Caps Goes Viral
(Source: PTI Archived/Screenshot)

A side-by-side comparison between the original and the viral image also shows how the original image has been morphed to add religious scull caps.

Edited Image of PM Modi, Amit Shah Wearing Skull Caps Goes Viral
(Photo: News18/Facebook/Screenshot)

Clearly, an image of Prime Minister Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah from 2019 has been morphed to claim that the duo was spotted wearing religious skull caps ahead of the Assembly elections in West Bengal.

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