Hyderabad: A photo of Prime Minister Narendra Modi surrounded and being applauded by a group of people is going viral on social media with the claim that Mr. Modi has been appointed 'Chief President' among the heads of 53 countries.
The text along with the picture reads, "Modi was the 'Chief President' among the heads of 53 countries at a meeting in the United Kingdom, the same nation that enslaved us for 200 years. This will surely make every Indian's chest swell up with pride."
The claim is false.
First, there hasn't been any announcement of Mr. Modi being made the 'Chief President' among heads of 53 nations. We found no media reports that supported this claim.
Earlier, the same image was viral with the claim that Mr. Modi was appointed the chairperson or President among heads of 53 nations. This was debunked by several media organizations.
Second, NewsMeter performed a reverse image search and found a report by DNA India from January 2018 that had carried the same image. The report states that the picture was taken at an International Business Council event in Davos where Mr. Modi interacted with top global CEOs during the World Economic Forum annual meeting. The same was also reported by Economic Times.
The Press Information Bureau-India and the Indian External Affairs Ministry had tweeted the same image in January 2018. The tweet by PIB reads, "PM @narendramodi interacting with the top global CEOs at the International Business Council event in #Davos. #IndiaMeansBusiness"
The viral image is from the 2018 World Economic Forum annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland. Clearly, the claim that the image shows Mr. Modi being given the title 'Chief President' among the heads of 53 countries is false.