Fact Check: Viral Picture Falsely Claims To Have Ex-UP Minister With President Murmu


Droupadi Murmu became President of India on July 25, 2022. She is the first tribal woman to hold the highest post in the Indian Constitution.

On June 21, 2022, a letter of resignation purportedly written by Dinesh Khatik, Water Resources Minister of Uttar Pradesh, to Home Minister Amit Shah, went viral. According to the letter, he resigned from his post due to unfair treatment by officers at his Jal Shakti department as he was a Dalit.

In the above background, an image of Droupadi Murmu with a man has gone viral, claiming that the man in the picture is Dinesh Khatik and he has submitted his resignation to the President.

The image is shared with a caption: “ഈ ജൂലൈ 20-ന് യോഗി ആദിത്യനാഥ് മന്ത്രിസഭയിലെ ജലവിഭവവകുപ്പ് മന്ത്രി ദിനേശ് ഖാത്തിക് തന്റെ മന്ത്രി സ്ഥാനം വലിച്ചെറിഞ്ഞ് യോഗി മന്ത്രിസഭയിൽ നിന്ന് പടിയിറങ്ങിപ്പോകുമ്പോൾ വളരെ വേദനയോടെ ജനങ്ങളോട് പറഞ്ഞത് ഇതായിരുന്നു : ”ദലിത് ആയതുകൊണ്ടാണ് മന്ത്രിസഭയിൽ എന്നെ മാറ്റിനിർത്തുന്നത്. മന്ത്രിയെന്ന നിലയിൽ എനിക്ക് യാതൊരു അധികാരവുമില്ല. ദലിത് സമൂഹത്തിൽ നിന്ന് വന്ന ഒരാൾ എന്ന നിലയിൽ എന്റെ മന്ത്രിസ്ഥാനം വെറുതെയായി. ഇതുവരെ ഒരു മന്ത്രിസഭാ യോഗത്തിലും പ​ങ്കെടുപ്പിച്ചിട്ടില്ല. എന്റെ വകുപ്പിനെക്കുറിച്ച് ആരും ഒന്നും ചോദിച്ചിട്ടുമില്ല. ദലിത് സമുദായത്തെ തന്നെ അപമാനിക്കുന്നതിന് തുല്യമാണിത്..!” (English translation: “On July 20, Dinesh Khatik, Minister of Water Resources in Yogi Adityanath’s cabinet, threw away his ministerial position, saying: “Because I am a Dalit, I am kept aside in the Cabinet. I have no authority as a minister. I have not attended any Cabinet meeting so far. No one has asked anything about my department. This is tantamount to insulting the Dalit community itself..!”)

The link to the post can be seen here.


NewsMobile did the fact-check, and found it to be Misleading.
We compared the man in the viral video with Dinesh Khatik’s photo published in The Times of India, and found no resemblance between them.
The same image was also uploaded by Pragativadi on July 22, 2022. The title associated with the image reads: “Odisha Padma Awardees Felicitate President Droupadi Murmu”
According to a report by Kalinga TV, dated July 22, 2022, a group of Padma awardees as well as tribal icons from Odisha felicitated President-elect Droupadi Murmu on her  victory as the 15th and first tribal woman President of India in New Delhi. It was reported that the man in the video was Haldhar Nag.
Haldhar Nag a 71-year-old folk poet of  ‘Kosli’ language hails from Odisha.
Hence, we can ascertain that the viral claim is misleading.

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