False claim: New variety of apple ‘Modi apple’ named after Narendra Modi

मेलबॉर्न, ऑस्ट्रेलिया : नरेंन्द्र मोदी जी से प्रभावित फिलिपो ने अपने नए सेब के व्यवसाय को मोदी के नाम पर रखा। भारत के बाजारों में भी मिलेगा ये सेब। (Melbourne, Australia: Inspired by Narendra Modi ji, Philipo has named her new apple business after Modi. This apple will be available in Indian markets too- translation). 

This message has been shared on social media along with some photographs showing apples with the brand name ‘Modi’ on it. It has been uploaded by a Facebook page Namo Againand also by the group WE SUPPORT NARENDRA MODI.

The message along with the photos has also been shared on Twitter and WhatsApp.

Entrepreneur Harsh Goenka was among those who tweeted about it.

Modi is from Italy!

Much to the chagrin of fans of Narendra Modi, the Modi apple has not been named after India’s Prime Minister. It is in fact a variety of apple which was developed in Italy. The official name for this variety is CIVG198. Information about this brand of apple is available on the website www.modiapple.com. Alt News found that the domain was registered in the year 2007, long before Narendra Modi became the Prime Minister.

According to the website, this variety of apple is named after the 19th century Italian painter Amedeo Modigliani.

Another thing to note is that Modi is spelled differently. Moreover, It has been announced by the firm that Modi apple will be launched in the Indian subcontinent.

It may be reiterated that there is no connection between Narendra Modi and this variety of apple.

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