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Was the Same Person 'Posing' as Two Different Artisans While Meeting PM Modi?

We found close-up shots of the artisans who met PM Modi and found that they were two different people.

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Was the Same Person 'Posing' as Two Different Artisans While Meeting PM Modi?
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Two photographs featuring Prime Minister Narendra Modi show him interacting with a cobbler and some potters are being shared on social media.

What are the users saying?: The pictures have been shared with the claim that the cobbler and one of the potters were the same individual, insinuating that the person was pretending to be different artisans for the photo-op.

An archive of the post can be found here

(Source: X/Screenshot)

The post had 690.3K views at the time of writing this story.

(Archives of similar claims are here, here and here.)

What is the truth?: No, the potter and the cobbler are not the same individual.

  • We found close-ups of the two people and found that both are different individuals.


How did we find out?: We tried to look for these visuals on YouTube using relevant keywords.

  • We found the video of PM Narendra Modi with the artisans on his YouTube channel that was uploaded on 17 September.

  • He met the artisans before launching the PM Vishwakarma Scheme at the newly inaugurated Vishwabhoomi Convention Centre in Delhi.

  • We also found a video from the event uploaded on India Today's YouTube channel on 17 September.

  • At the 0:35 seconds mark, we could see the Prime Minister interacting with a cobbler, who is also seen in the viral image.

Here is the link to the India Today bulletin. 

(Source: India Today/Screenshot)

  • In another video by ANI uploaded on the same day, PM Modi can be seen meeting some potters.

  • At 19:08 minutes of the video, the potter who is also in the viral image can be seen.

Here is a close-up visual of the potter. 

(Source: ANI/Screenshot)

  • We compared the visuals of the cobbler and the potter and found visible distinctions.

The cobbler and potter are two different people. 

(Source: India Today/ANI/Altered by The Quint)

Conclusion: Clearly, the claim that the same person was posing as two different artisans is false.


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