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Edited Image of UP CM Yogi Adityanath Paying Tribute to Tipu Sultan Goes Viral

The original image shows Yogi Adityanath paying tribute to Dr BR Ambedkar.

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An image showing Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath bowing and paying tribute to a photograph of erstwhile Mysuru ruler Tipu Sultan is going viral on social media.

The original image shows Yogi Adityanath paying tribute to Dr BR Ambedkar.

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(Source: Twitter/Screenshot)

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What's the truth?: This is a digitally altered image.

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How did we find out the original image?: We performed a reverse image search on the viral picture and found similar and unedited images from 2021.

  • We found a image uploaded by stock image website, Alamy on 29 June 2021, which showed Yogi Adityanath paying floral tribute to Dr Bhimrao Ambedkar's portrait.

  • The image also showed former President Ram Nath Kovind on the stage in a very similar stage set up.

The original image shows Yogi Adityanath paying tribute to Dr BR Ambedkar.

The image showed Ambedkar's photo and not Tipu Sultan's.

(Source: Altered by The Quint)

  • The description of the image stated that it was clicked during during the foundation stone ceremony for Dr Bhimrao Ambedkar Memorial and Cultural Centre at Lok Bhawan, Lucknow.

  • It also stated that the stage marked the presence of Governor of Uttar Pradesh Anandi Ben Patel along with Yogi Adityanath.

  • Taking a cue, we looked for more visuals from the ceremony and found a live-streamed video on President's YouTube channel.

  • The video was streamed on 29 June 2021 and the titled read, "President Kovind lays foundation stone of Dr Bhimrao Ambedkar Memorial & Cultural Centre at Lucknow."

  • At the 1:44 timestamp, we were able to match exact moment seen in the viral photo.

The original image shows Yogi Adityanath paying tribute to Dr BR Ambedkar.

The image was edited and is from 2021.

(Source: Altered by The Quint)

Conclusion: An edited image is going viral. The original image shows Yogi Adityanath paying tribute to Dr BR Ambedkar, not Tipu Sultan.

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