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The photo shows George Soros with his wife, not the former Indian leader’s daughter

The photo shows George Soros with his wife, not the former Indian leader’s daughter

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Screenshot of the fake message, taken on July 4, 2024

Congress defied analysts’ expectations and exit polls by nearly doubling its parliamentary strength in India’s 2024 elections, its best showing since Modi came to power.

Modi’s BJP won just 240 seats in this year’s poll, its worst result in a decade, and 32 seats short of a majority that forced it to rely on coalition allies to govern.

The image was also shared with similar allegations on Facebook and social media site X.

A case of mistaken identity

The Congress, however, said allegations linking the party to Soros, who criticised Modi before the elections, are “patently false” and “malicious”.

In a post on X on April 2 before the start of the weeks-long vote, the party’s communications general secretary, Jairam Ramesh, said they had filed a complaint against the BJP with India’s election body over the allegations (archived link).

Moreover, reverse image searches on Google revealed that the circulating image actually shows Soros with his wife and not the daughter of former leader Singh as the posts claimed.

The New York Times published the photo in an August 12, 2012 article about Soros and Bolton announcing their engagement (archived link).

“George Soros and his fiancée, Tamiko Bolton,” the caption read.

Below is a screenshot comparing the image shared in the fake posts (left) and the one published by the New York Times (right):

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Screenshot comparison of the falsely shared image (left) and the one published by the New York Times (right)

Reuters news agency also reported on Soros and Bolton’s engagement at the time. The report included a similar photo of the couple, as shown below:

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Screenshot from a Reuters report that included a similar photo of Soros and Bolton

The couple married in September 2013, with a photo of the ceremony released by AFP.

Former Indian Prime Minister Singh has three daughters, according to his profile on the official website of the Indian Prime Minister. Photos published by local media outlet The Indian Express show that they look nothing like Bolton (archived links here and here).

Soros has a long history of funding projects promoting transparency and democracy, making him the subject of countless conspiracy theories and politically motivated attacks.

AFP has repeatedly denied the disinformation about him.