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No, Hoarding of PM Modi's Popularity Amongst World Leaders Isn't Linked With G20

This is an old image showing a poster about PM Modi's popularity amongst the world leaders.

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A photograph of a hoarding featuring a congratulatory message for Prime Minister Narendra Modi for securing the position of being 'the most popular' global leader has gone viral on the internet.

  • It shows six other leaders with less 'popularity percentage' than Indian PM.

  • The users are claiming that this was displayed in Delhi ahead of the G20 summit.

  • It was also shared by Congress leaders Shashi Tharoor and Pawan Khera, who later deleted their posts.

This is an old image showing a poster about PM Modi's popularity amongst the world leaders.

An archive can be seen here.

(Source: X/Screenshot)

(Archives of similar claims can be seen here and here.)

What's the truth?: We found out that this is not a recent photograph of the hoarding.

  • This hoarding was displayed in Delhi in April 2023 and is being falsely linked with G20 Summit.

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How did we find out the truth?: We performed a reverse image search on the viral image and came across an article by news agency Associated Press (AP) from 6 September 2023.

  • The report was about PM Modi and Delhi's preparation ahead of the G20 Summit.

  • It also carried a photo album and the first image matched with the viral image.

  • The caption stated that this was clicked in Delhi on 6 April, 2023.

This is an old image showing a poster about PM Modi's popularity amongst the world leaders.

This image was clicked in April 2023.

(Source: AP/Screenshot)

  • We also checked G20 Summit's official website and did not find any event organised in Delhi in the month on April.

  • Moreover, any poster or hoarding about G20 Summit carries their logo, which was missing from the viral image.

BJP leaders called it out: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Vijay Goel also posted to X (formerly Twitter) dismissing the viral claims.

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Conclusion: An old hoarding of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's popularity scale is being falsely linked to G20 Summit.

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