An image of President Ram Nath Kovind touching his forehead in a bowed down position is being shared with the claim that he was bowing down to Uttar Pradesh (UP) chief minister Yogi Adityanath.
The photo shows Kovind stepping out of an aircraft and bowing down, while Yogi waits to receive him.
जब आपका जमीर गुलामी का आदि हो जाए तो आपकी शिक्षा और ताकत कोई मायने नहीं रखती….??👇👇 https://t.co/n3DOsS45ls
— Archana Singh (@BPPDELNP) 1624886105000
While many insinuated that Kovind was bowing down to Yogi as he belonged to an oppressed caste.
देश का प्रथम नागरिक यानी राष्ट्रपति साहब को कम से कम अपने पद की गरिमा का ख्याल रखना चाहिए था !!! @tonyJatinder9… https://t.co/R0qhU4fmXm
— Pardeep Kumar (@Pardeep34443259) 1624800966000
Some wondered why Kovind was bowing down at all.
क्या ये देश के राष्ट्रपति हैं? https://t.co/l6nGWLpS0r
— Rajender Singh🇮🇳🙏 (@rajendersingh56) 1624968831000
2.75 लाख टैक्स क’ट जाता है, इससे ज्यादा नही झुकूंगा!!!💁♂️ https://t.co/8wQaUvRfsB
— DR MANMOHAN SINGH (@dr_manmohan_1) 1624874302000
The photo was taken at Kovind’s birthplace Paraunkh village in UP’s Kanpur district. President bowed to pay respects to his land of birth. He was not bowing down to Yogi.
VERIFICATION AND METHODOLOGY
Using reverse-image search, we found the original image posted on June 27, 2021 on the official Twitter handle of the President of India.
In a rare emotional gesture, after landing at the helipad near his village, Paraunkh of Kanpur Dehat district of Ut… https://t.co/2PN7mx6vlH
— President of India (@rashtrapatibhvn) 1624777692000
The photograph was captioned as ‘In a rare emotional gesture, after landing at the helipad near his village, Paraunkh of Kanpur Dehat district of Uttar Pradesh, President Ram Nath Kovind bowed and touched the soil to pay obeisance to the land of his birth.’
Times of India reported about it on Jun 28, 2021 with several pictures from President’s visit to his native village.
Times Fact Check has found the claims of President Kovind bowing down to CM Yogi to be false. He was only paying homage to his birthplace. Presence of Yogi in the photo was only coincidental.