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Fact Check: Viral Post Showing Rishi Sunak Worshipping a Cow After Becoming UK PM Is Misleading


A video of the new prime minister of the UK, Rishi Sunak, is doing the rounds on social media, claiming that he worshipped a cow after he became the prime minister.

The video was shared on social media with the text: भारतीय मूल निवासी ऋषि सुनक ने ब्रिटेन के प्रधानमंत्री पद पर विराजमान होने के बाद की गाय की पूजा , इस दौरान उनकी धर्म पत्नी भी रही साथ इसे कहते है संस्कृति (English translation: Indian-origin Rishi Sunak worshipped cow after getting elected to the post of prime minister of Britain. During this time, his wife also stayed with him. This is called culture.)

The video can be seen here.


NewsMobile fact-checked the post, and found it to be misleading.

Multiple media reports from August 2022 feature the same video. The video was also uploaded by CNBC-TV 18, dated August 23, 2022, with a title: Rishi Sunak Performs ‘Gau Pooja’ in London | #Short | CNBC-TV18.

As per the video description, Rishi Sunak performs ‘gau pooja’ (cow worship) in London after he visited Bhaktivedanta Manor temple on Janmashtami.

Times Now had uploaded the same video on August 26, 2022, with the description:
Amid competition, Rishi Sunak, a finalist in the race to become the British PM performed gau pooja (cow worship) in London on Aug 25. The 42-year-old visited a cow enclosure along with his wife Akshata Murthy. The couple took blessings from the cow as they performed a ritual with a diya (earthen lamp).

The same had been covered by multiple media organisations like India Today, ABP News and Deccan Herald.

We also found pictures of Rishi Sunak and his wife Akshata Murthy on the Instagram post by Bhaktivedanta Manor Temple dated August 18, 2022.

Thus, it is clear that the video was shot in August when Sunak and his wife Akshata visited Bhaktivedanta Manor temple on Janmashtami. Hence, the viral claim is misleading.

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