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Fact Check: 2018 Image Of Bhim Army Chief Azad Hugging Maulana Madani Viral As Recent

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Dalit leader and Azad Samaj Party (Kanshi Ram) candidate, Chandrashekhar Azad, has won the Nagina seat in Uttar Pradesh. Meantime, a picture of him is circulating on social media, showing him hugging Jamiat Ulama-e-Hind president Maulana Arshad Madani. The photo is shared with claims that Azad sought blessings from Madani, linking it to the 2024 Lok Sabha elections.

The image is shared on Facebook with a caption: “भीम आर्मी चीफ़ और नवनियुक्त सांसद Chandra Shekhar Azad Urf Ravan ने दारुल उलूम देवबंद पहुंचकर हज़रत मौलाना सय्यद Maulana Arshad Madni Sb साहब से सर पर हाथ रखवाया। इस जवान को इसलिए मुस्लिम पसंद करते है कि हमेशा दुःख दर्द में खड़ा रहता है। और आज जब उनको ताक़त मिली है तो भी आशीर्वाद लेने एक आलिम ए दीन और बहुत बड़े बुजुर्ग से ही दुआ की दरखास्त की है” (English version: See below.👇)

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FACT CHECK 

NewsMobile fact-checked the above claim, and found it to be MISLEADING.

Conducting a Google Reverse Image Search of the viral photo, the NM team found the image uploaded on the Navbharat Times website on September 19, 2018. The accompanying news states: “Bhim Army is now preparing to expand its social circle in the country. The organisation has initiated engaging with Muslim organisations as well. During this period, Bhim Army founder Chandrashekhar Azad visited Deoband and met Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind national president Maulana Arshad Madani at his residence. This meeting holds significant political importance and is considered a formal interaction.”

We also discovered the same photo with an article on the One India website, dated September 19, 2018. According to the article, “after being released from jail, Bhim Army founder Chandrashekhar Azad, is now focusing on his strategy for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. On Tuesday, Azad met Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind national president Maulana Arshad Madani in Deoband. They had a close-door discussion for about 20 minutes.”

Thus, it is evident from the above information that the viral image is from 2018, NOT recent as claimed.

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