A picture of Rashtriya Janata Dal leader Tejashwi Yadav is being widely circulated on social media claiming that Tejashwi Yadav was conferred with ‘Youngest Politician Award’ at the age of thirty, in London.
The Facebook post read, “नौवीं फेल तो बहुत हो गया बंदरों… जिस उम्र में तुम्हारे पापा चाय बेचते थे उस उम्र में सबसे युवा राजनीतिक अवार्ड तेजस्वी यादव को लंदन में मिला था !!”
(Translation: Ninth fail is enough, monkeys… Tejashwi Yadav got the ‘Youngest Politician Award’ in London at the age in which your father used to sell tea !!)
Picture caption read, “कोई फर्जी डिग्री बना कर भी 30 की उम्र में भीख मांगा करता था, कोई नौवी फ़ैल हो कर भी 30 के उम्र में झंडे गाड़ रहा है l”
(Translation: Someone used to beg at the age of 30 even after producing fake degrees, some are making a mark for himself in London at the age of 30 even after failing 9th standard.)
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Also, another picture collage of Tejashwi Yadav is also doing rounds all over social media with similar claims.
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NewsMobile fact-checked the above post and found it to be false and misleading.
We got our first clue when we saw a comment on the Facebook post claiming that the social media claims about Tejashwi Yadav are false.
The comment read, “What is hell is going on, Award.
Claim: Tejashwi Yadav is conferred with the Youngest political leader award in London.
Fact: The image is actually of Tejashwi’s interaction with ICE members in London back in 2016 when he was the Deputy CM of Bihar. He shared those images on his social media accounts. Also, we could not find any news articles saying Tejashwi Yadav receiving Young Political leader award in London. Hence the claim made in the post is FALSE.”
On putting the picture through Google Reverse Image Search, we found the same picture on Tejashwi Yadav’s official Twitter account dated August 11, 2016, claiming that he was attending a session with ICE(Institution of Civil Engineers) members in London.
Attending a knowledge sharing session with ICE members in London pic.twitter.com/2onU6Ad3Lg
— Tejashwi Yadav (@yadavtejashwi) August 11, 2016
We found the second image in a news report on Bol Bihar dated August 13, 2016, claiming that Tejashwi went on a trip to England in 2016, where he addressed the ICE members in London.
Moreover, we also found the second picture of the viral collage of Tejashwi Yadav in a news article on Prabhat Khabar dated August 17, 2016, claiming that Tejashwi Yadav was in a meeting with the director of UN Economic Commission in Geneva.
A for the third picture, a simple Reverse Image Search led us to a collage in a tweet by Tejashwi Yadav dated August 17, 2016, claiming that he had a fruitful meeting with UNECE (United Nations Economic Commission for Europe) & IRF (International Road Federation) at United Nations Head Quarters in Geneva.
Had fruitful meeting with UNECE & IRF at United Nations HQs in Geneva. pic.twitter.com/3hGva2Ab6Y
— Tejashwi Yadav (@yadavtejashwi) August 17, 2016
We could not find the first picture in the collage but we can clearly see that the attire (Black Tuxedo, white shirt and blush pink tie) in the viral post is similar to the news article.
For further confirmation, we also searched on the official website of ICE and we could not find any information related to the ‘Youngest Politician Award’ on the website.
Hence, with the help of the above information, the viral post in question is false and misleading.
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