The farmers from Punjab, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh (West) are protesting in Delhi since November 26, 2020, against the three new farm laws passed by the Parliament of India in September 2020. Opposition and netizens are alleging that the farm laws were passed to support big corporate houses like Adani Group and Reliance Industries.
In the backdrop of this, an image of Prime Minister Narendra Modi bowing to a lady is going viral with a claim of her being Priti Adani, wife of Gautam Adani, Chairman of Adani Group. The image is viral with the caption, "अदानी की बीबी की चरण वंदना करते हुए भक्तों के पापा की फोटु" (Which translates in English as, "Photo of the father of Bhakts while worshipping Adani's wife").
अदानी की बीबी की चरण वंदना करते हुए भक्तों के पापा की फोटु 😜😜😜😜Posted by Madhu Sagar on Thursday, 17 December 2020
Many people are sharing the photo on Facebook.
The photo is also tweeted by Surender Solanki, Vice Chairman of Kisan Congress with the caption, "इस बेरहम सरकार और सर्दी के बीच जहां किसान घनघोर ठंढ़ मे प्रतिदिन दम तोड़ रहे है। वही मोदी जी की जिद्द नतमस्तक हो कर अपने माल्किन प्रिती अडानी और नीता अंबानी के लिये तटस्थ है।" (Which translates in English as, "In the midst of harsh winter when the farmers are dying everyday, Modi ji's ego is bowing to his mistress Priti Adani and Nita Ambani.")
The lady in the viral image is Priti Adani, wife of Gautam Adani.
On Google reverse image search, The Logical Indian found the same image published by Amar Ujala on April 12, 2018. In the same article, the lady can be also seen with other prominent personalities like Amitabh Bachchan, Rajnikanth, Vidya Balan and APJ Abdul Kalam. The article identified the lady as Deepika Mondol, Chief Functionary Officer of an NGO, Divya Jyoti Foundation. The NGO promotes Indian art and culture, education and literacy and tribal affairs.
We also compared the image of Deepika Mondol with Priti Adani and did not find any resemblance between the two.
A YouTube channel also interviewed Deepika Mondol, the founder of Divya Jyoti Cultural organization.
The website of Divyajyoti Cultural Organisations and Social Welfare Society shows Deepika Mondol as the Chief Functionary Officer of the organisation.
Alt News spoke to Samar Mondal, husband of Deepika Mondal, who said, "I'm aware that my wife's picture with PM Modi is being circulated with a false claim. I can't recollect which year this image was clicked. However, it is probably from a DCOWS event."
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