A social media post accompanying a video purportedly showing Prime Minister Modi ignoring former President Ram Nath Kovind while he greets Modi with folded hands is going viral on social media. The video is being shared with a claim alluding that Modi is disrespecting the former President. Also, the same video is also being shared with a claim that the visuals show Modi’s obsession with photos. Through this article let’s fact-check the claim made in the post.
Claim: Visuals showing PM Modi ignoring Ram Nath Kovind while he is greeting him.
Fact: The visuals are from former President Ram Nath Kovind’s farewell event. However, PM Modi did not disrespect Kovind by ignoring him during the event. In fact, Modi and Kovind greeted each other. This part showing both greeting each other is clipped out and only the part where Modi looks at photographers is being shared. Hence the claim made in the post is MISLEADING.
The viral visuals are from former President Ram Nath Kovind’s farewell event organised in Parliament central hall on 23 July 2022. However, Prime Minister Modi did not disrespect Ram Nath Kovind by ignoring him when he greets him.
As the viral video carried a logo of Sansad TV, Google search with relevant keywords yielded the original footage which carried the viral visuals on Sansad TV YouTube Channel.
This full-length video shows Ram Nath Kovind walking down the podium and greeting the guests with folded hands. At the 59th second of this video, Kovind greets Prime Minister Modi after which Modi also greets back.
After greeting Modi, Ram Nath Kovind moves forward and talks to a woman standing behind Modi. At this moment, Modi appears to be looking at the photographers. It is clear that the viral video was created by editing out the part where Modi & Kovind greeted each other.
Official Twitter handle of the Rashtrapati Bhavan also shared few images from the event. One of these images clearly shows Modi and Kovind greeting each other.
To sum it up, a clipped video is being shared claiming Modi disrespected former President Ram Nath Kovind.