A photo of the former Congress President, Rahul Gandhi is viral on social media with the claim that he wore a mask while eating. In the viral photo, Gandhi can be seen wearing a mask in a gathering and food served in front of them.
Facto News investigated the photo and found the claim is misleading.
Arun Yadav, IT and Social Media in-charge of BJP Haryana shared the image on Twitter with the caption that reads: “मास्क लगा कर खाना खाने वाला पहला आदमी”
(Translation: The first person to eat with a mask on)
A Facebook page shared a collage of two photos of Rahul Gandhi with the claim that he always eats wearing the mask on his face.
The text on the collage reads: “दुनिया का आठवाँ अजूबा! राहुल जी भोजन हमेशा मास्क पहन कर ही करते है?”
(Translation: Eighth wonder of the world! Does Rahul Ji always eat by wearing a mask? )
Sambit Patra, also quote tweeted an ANI video post with the caption: “मास्क पहन कर लंगर? ये तो आठवाँ ही हो सकता है !”
(Translation: Eating langar with the mask? This could only be the eighth wonder.)
Facto News investigated the second viral photo also and found the claim misleading.
We conducted a reverse image search of the first photo and came across a Twitter post of 24 January 2021 of the Tamil Nadu Congress Committee. The post has three photos of Rahul Gandhi with several women, in the first photo, he is talking to a woman sitting beside her (the viral photo) and in the other two photos, he isn’t wearing the mask while indulging in food.
அன்பும் பண்பும் நிறைந்த தமிழ் மக்களோடு உணவு உண்டது மகிழ்ச்சி அளிக்கிறது.
— Tamil Nadu Congress Committee (@INCTamilNadu) January 24, 2021
Using the keywords “Rahul Gandhi visit to Tamil Nadu”, we came across a news report which confirms Rahul Gandhi had visited Tamil Nadu in January last year to kickstart the Tamil Nadu assembly election campaign.
We also found a video of Rahul Gandhi enjoying food with women on YouTube uploaded by local Tamil media. He can be seen removing his mask at 0:22 seconds in the video.
The second photo is from the recent visit of Rahul Gandhi to Punjab ahead of the forthcoming assembly election in the state. The Congress leader also visited Golden Temple and in the video attached below, he can be seen eating langer without a mask alongside Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi and Punjab Congress Chief Navjot Singh Sidhu.
Therefore, it is evident that the viral claim about the two photos is misleading.