A video clip of Prime Minister Narendra Modi purportedly waving at an empty train in Assam has gone viral on social media. FekuExpress, a Facebook page has shared the video with a caption, “Seeking Desperate Attention”. The video shared by this page has already crossed 3 lakh views with a massive share count close to 11, 000.

Seeking Desperate Attention 😂🤣

Seeking Desperate Attention 😂🤣
Don’t miss the shadow… epic!!!

Posted by FekuExpress on Tuesday, 25 December 2018

Brijesh Kalappa, spokesperson of Indian National Congress tweeted the video suggesting that there was ‘no one’ in the train. A spokesperson for Maharastra Congress, Sachin Sawant, also tweeted a set of images clicked at the event with the identical narrative.

Khushbu Sundar, National Spokesperson of the Congress party also tweeted the video suggesting that the Prime Minister was ‘waving at an imaginary crowd’.

Several individual users and pages have shared this video on Facebook with the same claim.

What is the truth?

On December 25, Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the Bogibeel bridge in Assam on the birth anniversary of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee. After inaugurating the longest rail-cum-road bridge, he flagged off Tinsukia-Naharlagun Express train which links Naharlagun in Arunachal pradesh to Tinsukia in Assam.

We found a YouTube video posted by the official channel of PMO India. At 17:53 mins in the video, the crowd present in the train is clearly visibly.

Moreover, Doordarshan News also tweeted an image of the train flagged off by the Prime MInister.

In conclusion, the claims by senior members of the Congress party targeting PM Modi and suggesting that he was waving at an empty train were found to be false.

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