Former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee passed away at the AIIMS hospital in New Delhi on August 16. Atal ji breathed his last at 5:05 pm, and political nitpicking on social media began not long after. Amid the outpouring of grief and condolence, a photograph of PM Modi surrounded by medical personnel began circulating.
The photograph has been shared with varying captions by pages, groups and individuals on social media, all mocking the Prime Minister for his supposed indifference and lack of empathy, on the basis of his facial expression. From a Facebook page Aam Aadmi Zindabad, the photograph and the message has been shared over 2000 times.
What is viral!
Congress leader Brijesh Kalappa tweeted the photograph on the morning of August 17 with the words, “Grief stricken PM Narendra Modi condoling the death of Bharat Ratna Atal Behari Vajpayee at AIIMS, New Delhi..”
Grief stricken PM Narendra Modi condoling the death of Bharat Ratna Atal Behari Vajpayee at AIIMS, New Delhi.. pic.twitter.com/FUdNdb1Je2
— Brijesh Kalappa (@brijeshkalappa) August 17, 2018
A user claimed that the image in question was actually taken at Kollam, Kerala in April 2016. Both Singh and Bagree are followed on Twitter by PM Modi.
This picture dates back to April 10, 2016. where Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited Kollam District Hospital to meet the victims of Paravur Puttingal temple accident, in Kerala https://t.co/f7jz5DWnLb
— Rishi Bagree 🇮🇳 (@rishibagree) August 17, 2018
Truth vs Fake! What is the truth of the picture?
Is the photograph of PM Modi circulating on social media an old image as alleged, or is Prime Minister modi displaying nonchalance over a grave occasion? We looked up videos of August 16, 2018 when PM Modi had visited AIIMS for the second time in a day to inquire about Vajpayee’s health.
On the day he visited AIIMS, PM Modi wore a full-sleeve white kurta which matches with the kurta he is seen wearing in the published photos of his visit. We compared the footage of PM Modi’s visit to AIIMS with the published photos and concluded that the image is indeed of 16 August 2018 when the Prime Minister visited AIIMS.
One of the doctors standing next to PM Modi is Dr. Shiv Kumar Choudhary, Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery in AIIMS.
Also, the same security personnel can be seen standing behind PM Modi in both the stills – the one with the doctors and the one where he’s seen leaving the hospital.
Security Guards in the picture:- On watching closely, it was noticed that the security guards in the picture are the same who accompanied PM Modi during his AIIMS visit on August 16
In a twitter post by ANI, Aug 16, 2018 the PM left the AIIMS at 2;17 AM.
— ANI (@ANI) August 16, 2018
Facts Check: False
The claim that the photograph in question is of April 2016 from Kerala is not correct.
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