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Fact-Check: This Photo of PM Modi With Estranged Wife Jashodaben is Edited

The original image was photoshopped to add the picture of Jashodaben.

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A picture showing Prime Minister Narendra Modi sitting with his mother and estranged wife, Jashodaben is being widely shared on the internet with a claim that he met the two of them during his recent Gujarat visit.

Social media users have shared it with a caption in Hindi, which loosely translates to, "Bharat Jodo Yatra was successful. Long separated couple met during the Gujarat elections. Narendra Modi with Jashodaben."

The original image was photoshopped to add the picture of Jashodaben.

An archive of the post can be seen here.

(Source: Facebook/Screenshot)

The post has gone extremely viral on social media platforms.

The original image was photoshopped to add the picture of Jashodaben.

Several social media users have shared the image on the internet.

(Source: Facebook/Twitter/Screenshot)

(Archives of similar claims can be found here, here, and here.)

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The truth: The viral image has been edited to add the picture of Jashodaben. The original picture was reportedly taken when PM Modi visited his mother's residence in Gandhinagar, Gujarat, to seek her blessings before casting his vote in the 2022 Gujarat Elections.

How did we find it out?: We performed a reverse image search on the viral image, which led us to a tweet posted by NDTV. It was uploaded on 4 December and carried the viral picture.

On comparing, one can notice that the picture has been edited.

The original image was photoshopped to add the picture of Jashodaben.

A comparison between both the images clearly highlights the similarities.

(Source: NDTV Twitter/Screenshot/Altered by The Quint)

  • We also found a video uploaded by ANI on 4 December, which mentioned that PM Modi visited his mother's residence in Gandhinagar to seek her blessings before casting vote at the Ranip polling booth.

  • The video did not show any visuals of Jashodaben.

Further, we noticed a watermark on the viral image which mentioned a social media handle "Deep4IND".

The original image was photoshopped to add the picture of Jashodaben.

The stamp of the social media accounts can be seen on the viral image.

(Source: Viral image/Facebook/Altered by The Quint)

  • Taking this as a cue, we searched for the handle on Instagram and came across the viral post uploaded on 4 December.

  • The account's bio mentioned "satire and sarcasm", and it regularly uploads such satirical posts.

The original image was photoshopped to add the picture of Jashodaben.

The page regularly uploads similar satirical content.

(Source: Instagram/Screenshot/Altered by The Quint)

Conclusion: The picture showing PM Modi sitting with his mother and estranged wife is edited.

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