Fact Check: Is the photo of Jyotiraditya Scindia holding ‘Operation LOTUS’ document real?

Hyderabad: After Jyotiraditya Scindia resigned from the Congress and joined the BJP, a photograph of him wearing saffron tilak and saffron kurta and holding documents with ‘Operation LOTUS’ written on them has been doing the rounds of social media.

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Daryagunj municipal councillor from Congress Yasmin Kidwai also tweeted the image criticising Mr Scindia. Her tweet read “How can a congress person join bjp -personal growth is understandable but Ideology? And if u don’t have even that then how does it matter where u go Such a disappointment (sic).” Though this tweet is deleted now, the image is still going around on WhatsApp.

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Fact Check:

Newsmeter did a reverse image search on Google and found that the original version of this image published in Deccan Herald on 4 November 2018 shows Mr Scindia in a white kurta and carrying some documents.

https://www.deccanherald.com/national/cong-names-16-more-candidates-701586.html

After checking the latest news reports, we can confirm that Mr Scindia was wearing a different attire while joining the BJP. We also found that the documents he’s carrying in the original image do NOT have ‘Operation LOTUS’ written on them. Here is a photo gallery of the event in OutlookIndia.com:

https://www.outlookindia.com/photos/people/jyotiraditya-scindia/10327?photo-223137

Therefore, the photograph of Jyotiraditya Scindia wearing saffron tilak and saffron kurta and holding documents that read ‘Operation LOTUS’ is a doctored image created to tarnish his image for joining the BJP.

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