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Former President Pratibha Patil hasn’t made these statements praising the governance of PM Modi

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A message is being circulated on social media claiming that former President of the Country, Smt. Pratibha Patil had recently praised the governance of PM Narendra Modi. This post claim that Pratibha Patil, who belongs to the Congress party, had praised Narendra Modi as an eminent leader and a great visionary to make India a great country. Also, the post claims that Pratibha Patil had emphasised in her statement that she had never seen a great leader like PM Narendra Modi in her entire life. Let’s verify the claim made in the post.

The archived version of the post can be seen here.

Claim: Former President Pratibha Patil had recently praised the governance of PM Narendra Modi.

Fact: Former President Pratibha Patil had not made any public statement praising the Governance of PM Narendra Modi. This message shared in the post is being circulated on social media at least since 2018. Pratibha Patil’s office spoke to ‘The Quint’ news website and clarified that the message circulating on social media is fake. Hence, the claim made in the post is FALSE.

When we searched to check whether the former President of the Country, Pratibha Patil had made such a statement about PM Narendra Modi, we found out that Pratibha Patel had not made any such statement. If Pratibha Patil had praised Narendra Modi as mentioned in the post, several news websites would have published articles reporting that information. We could not find any news article reporting the statements attributed to Pratibha Patil in the post.

The photo shared in the post is circulating on social media at least since 2018. ‘The Quint’ news website had contacted Pratibha Patil’s office for clarification regarding this message in 2018. Speaking to ‘The Quint’, Pratibha Patil’s office officials had said, “This claim is totally false. It’s a fake news that had been viral earlier too”. The clarification issued by Pratibha Patil’s office can be found in the fact-check article published by ‘The Quint’.

To sum it up, former President Pratibha Patil hasn’t made any statement by praising the governance of PM Narendra Modi.

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