A social media post attributed to Pratibha Patil is circulating on social media platforms, claiming that the former president has issued a statement praising Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The post says: “Narendra Modi is the only person who can make India a good nation because he can take those decisions, which can provide a new direction to the countrymen of India.”
However, we have found in our investigation that the former president has issued no such statement. Therefore, the claim is false and misleading.
Rakesh Patidar, a user shared the post on Facebook. The Hindi text of the post reads: “ब्रेकिंग न्यूज़ ,देश की पूर्व राष्ट्रपति श्रीमती प्रतिभा पाटिल ने पीएम मोदी को लेकर बड़ा बयान दिया है। प्रतिभा पाटिल ने कहा कि भले ही मैं कांग्रेस पार्टी से हूं, लेकिन मैं आज भारत देश की समाज सेविका के रूप में भारतीय जनता को यह कहना चाहती हूं कि नरेंद्र मोदी ही ऐसे एक इंसान हैं जो भारत देश को एक अच्छा राष्ट्र बना सकते हैं, क्योंकि उनमे वो निर्णय लेने कि क्षमता है जो भारत देश के देशवासियों को नई दिशा प्रदान कर सकते हैं. मोदी जी ने भारत देश को नई दिशा प्रदान की है, मैने भी देश के लिए एक राष्ट्रपति के रूप में सेवा की है, मगर कभी भी पीएम मोदी जैसा नेता नहीं देखा.”
(Translation: Breaking News: Former President of the country, Smt. Pratibha Patil has given a big statement about PM Modi. Pratibha Patil said that even though I am from the Congress party, however, as a citizen of India, I want to Indian public to know that Narendra Modi is the only person who can make India a good nation because he can take those decisions which can provide a new direction to the country. I have also served as a President but have never seen a leader like PM Modi.)
Using the keywords, we searched for the news reports of the former president showering praise on Prime Minister Narendra Modi. However, we couldn’t find such reports published by any reputed media outlet.
Further, searching her social media accounts, we found Patil has not joined any social media platforms.
Fact-checking website Vishvas News contacted GK Das, Private Secretary to former President Pratibha Patil, who confirmed: “The post is completely fake. This post has gone viral many times in the past, which has been denied by Pratibha Patil herself. She has not made any such statement. He also said that She does not have any social media.”
The claim has been viral since 2018 and has been debunked by fact-checkers many times.
Therefore, it is evident that the post attributed to former President Pratibha Patil is fake and misleading.
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