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N Chandrababu Naidu Watching YSRCP’s Manifesto Release? Edited Image Shared Ahead Of Andhra Assembly Polls

Authors

Vasudha noticed the growing problem of mis/disinformation online after studying New Media at ACJ in Chennai and became interested in separating facts from fiction. She is interested in learning how global issues affect individuals on a micro level. Before joining Newschecker’s English team, she was working with Latestly.

Pankaj Menon is a fact-checker based out of Delhi who enjoys ‘digital sleuthing’ and calling out misinformation. He has completed his MA in International Relations from Madras University and has worked with organisations like NDTV, Times Now and Deccan Chronicle online in the past.

Claim

TDP President N Chandrababu Naidu watching YSRCP’s manifesto presented by Andhra CM and party leader YS Jagan Mohan Reddy.

Such posts can be seen here and here.

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Fact

A Google  reverse image search on the viral photograph led us to a report by The New Indian Express, dated November 27, 2017. It carried a similar photograph of Naidu sitting in front of display screens.

Screengrab from The New Indian Express website

The report stated, “AP Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu on Sunday morning inaugurated Asia’s number one command control room of real-time governance, which has been built in the first block of the interim secretariat at Velagapudi.”

Further, we found a Facebook post by Nara Chandrababu Naidu, dated November 26, 2017, stating “Inaugurated Real Time Governance State Center today, in the first block of the Secretariat. The well-equipped and technologically advanced centre will serve as a synchronised platform to leverage e-governance, technology and electronics communication for hosting surveillance wing, grievance redressal, major events, the alert system for natural calamities etc for the citizens. It will also function, across all the 13 districts, as an ecosystem to manage the data of all the households in the state to impact their lives with effective governance, ensuring  ‘People First’ mantra.”

Screengrab from Facebook post by N Chandrababu Naidu

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The post carried a photograph identical to the viral image except for YS Jagan Mohan Reddy’s picture on the screen in front of Naidu. On comparing the viral image with the Facebook photograph, we could conclude that the former has been edited to falsely show Naidu watching Reddy presenting the YSR Congress party manifesto for the upcoming polls.

Chandrababu Naidu Watching YSRCP’s Manifesto
(L-R) Photo from Facebook post by N Chandrababu Naidu and viral image

We could thus conclude that a 2017 photograph has been digitally manipulated to show  Nara Chandrababu Naidu watching YS Jagan Mohan Reddy presenting the YSR Congress party manifesto.

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Result: Altered Photo

Sources
Report By The New Indian Express, Dated November 27, 2017
Facebook Post By Nara Chandrababu Naidu, Dated November 26, 2017


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Authors

Vasudha noticed the growing problem of mis/disinformation online after studying New Media at ACJ in Chennai and became interested in separating facts from fiction. She is interested in learning how global issues affect individuals on a micro level. Before joining Newschecker’s English team, she was working with Latestly.

Pankaj Menon is a fact-checker based out of Delhi who enjoys ‘digital sleuthing’ and calling out misinformation. He has completed his MA in International Relations from Madras University and has worked with organisations like NDTV, Times Now and Deccan Chronicle online in the past.

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