Fact Check: Image Viral With Misleading Claim Of President Kovind Not Allowed To Walk On Red Carpet
An image of President Ram Nath Kovind and Home Minister Amit Shah from the inauguration day of Motera Stadium, Ahmedabad, on February 24, 2021, has gone viral on social media. In the image, Home Minister is walking on the red carpet, while one can see the President is walking on the bare ground. While different posts have captioned the image differently but all insinuating that President Ram Nath Kovind was not allowed to walk on the red carpet on which Amit Shah was walking because Kovind belongs to the SC/ST community.
A Twitter user, Ishrat Khan, shared the image with the caption in Hindi, which translates in English as, "The president of the country has left the red carpet for Modi and Amit Shah, and is walking on the floor. The country is blessed to have such a slave president."
Facebook user Rani Rajesh shared the image with a sarcastic caption in Hindi, which translates in English as, "Ahmedabad: Modi government honoured Sardar Patel by renaming the stadium on Modi's name and the same day Home Minister Shah also gave full respect by walking on the red carpet and making President Kovind Ji walk out of the red carpet..... Only BJP can give this much respect." This post is shared over 6,200 times at the time of reporting.