No, Priyanka Gandhi is not wearing a cross; 2017 rally picture photoshopped

जनेऊधारी दत्तात्रेय ब्राह्मण की जनेऊधारी बहन के गले मे मंगलसूत्र की जगह क्रॉस लटका हुआ है, और बोलती है मे गंगा की बेटी हूं, एक नम्बर की फर्जी चोरी करके बेल पे रहने वाली फैमिली! (Janeudhari sister of janeudhari dattatrey Brahmin sports a cross on her neck instead of mangalsutra, and she says i am the daughter of Ganga, this is a family that has looted and is out on bail- translation).

Along with this message, a photograph of Priyanka Gandhi has been shared widely on social media. Ms. Gandhi is seen bearing a cross, implying that she is actually a Christian and is simply masquerading as a Hindu.

The message and photograph have gone viral on Twitter and Facebook, with numerous users posting it on their timelines.


One of the groups which has posted it is WE SUPPORT NARENDRA MODI. The post is by a group member and has been shared more than 1300 times so far.


The photograph of Priyanka Gandhi shared on social media with the claim that she is sporting a cross, is photoshopped. Upon reverse searching the image on Google, the original photograph can be accessed. The video posted below illustrates how the image was fact-checked.


It has been carried by multiple media organisations including ABP News, The Statesman and Republic TV. While Republic TV has credited the photo to PTI, according to ABP News and The Statesman, the source of the image is AFP. The photograph was published by news outlets in January and February 2019 after Priyanka Gandhi had officially announced her entry into politics, taking charge of Eastern UP.

Alt News found that the image dates back to February 2017. Posted by The National, the description below the image says, “Priyanka Gandhi arrives at a Congress party rally in Rae Bareli district on February 17, 2017, during campaigning for Uttar Pradesh state elections. Sanjay Kanojia / AFP”.


Posted below is another image taken at the same gathering.

It is clear from the above image that Priyanka Gandhi is wearing a pendant and not a cross. The two photos- original and photoshopped, have been juxtaposed and posted below for comparison.

It may be reiterated that the photo of Priyanka Gandhi wearing a cross is photoshopped.

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