An old image from January 2019 showing UP CM Yogi Adityanath taking a holy dip at Sangam is being shared with a false claim that it shows him participating in the recent Kumbh at Haridwar, Uttarakhand.
Recently, it was reported that Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath tested positive for COVID-19. Following this, an image surfaced on social media platforms showing Yogi Adityanath taking a dip in a river claiming that the CM tested positive for coronavirus after attending this year’s Kumbh Mela in Uttarakhand’s Haridwar.
The image was shared on Facebook in Hindi that can be roughly translated to, " Yogi Adityanath tested positive for coronavirus, which congregation did he go to."
In our investigation, we found this claim to be false. The image dates back to 2019 and is not related to the recent Kumbh Mela in Haridwar, Uttarakhand.
With the help of reverse image search, we found the same image carried in an NDTV from January 2019 that carried a cropped version of the viral image. The caption with the image reads, "Kumbh Mela 2019: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath took a holy dip at the Sangam."
Moreover, we did not find any recent reports suggesting that Adityanath took part in the Kumbh this year.
In conclusion, an old image from January 2019 showing UP CM Yogi Adityanath taking a holy dip at Sangam is being shared with a false claim that it shows him participating in the recent Kumbh at Haridwar, Uttarakhand.
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