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This Congress leaders meeting with Bangladesh PM was not during Manmohan Singh’s tenure as PM

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A photo is being shared on social media claiming it as a visual from former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s visit to Bangladesh during the UPA regime. This post claims that in this tour to Bangladesh, Indian National Congress (INC) party President Sonia Gandhi took the prominent seat at a meeting held with Bangladesh PM Sheikh Hasina. Let’s verify the claim made in the post.

The archived version of the post can be seen here

Claim: During former PM Manmohan Singh’s visit to Bangladesh, Sonia Gandhi took the prominent seat in a meeting held with Bangladesh PM Sheikh Hasina.

Fact: The photo shared in the post is related to Bangladesh PM Sheikh Hasina’s four-day visit to India in 2019. INC President Sonia Gandhi, former PM Manmohan Singh and other Congress leaders met Sheikh Hasina as the prominent opposition party leaders of the country. This photo has nothing to do with former PM Manmohan Singh’s visit to Bangladesh in 2011. Hence, the claim made in the post is MISLEADING.

On reverse image search of the photo shared in the post, a similar photo was found in an article published by ‘The New Indian Express’ website on 06 October 2019. In the article, it is reported that Congress President Sonia Gandhi, former PM Manmohan Singh, and other Congress leaders met Bangladesh PM Sheikh Hasina in New Delhi, on 06 October 2019. This photo is related to the Bangladesh PM Sheikh Hasina’s four-day visit to India in 2019.

The same photo is found in several news articles that reported the Congress leaders meeting with Bangladesh PM Sheikh Hasina, on 06 October 2019.  They can be seen here, here and here. As the President of Congress party, Sonia Gandhi took the prominent seat in this meeting. This photo is not related to the former PM Manmohan Singh’s visit to Bangladesh in 2011.

To sum it up, the 2019 photo of Congress leaders meeting with Bangladesh PM Sheikh Hasina in New Delhi is shared as the picture captured during Manmohan Singh’s tenure as PM.

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