Controversial Kashmiri Activist Shehla Rashid Circulates Photoshopped Picture Maligning PM Modi (Left) Shehla Rashid with (Right) Kanhaiya Kumar (Mohd Zakir/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)

Former Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) student’s union vice-president and controversial Kashmiri activist - Shehla Rashid shared a morphed image of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Tajinder Bagga, India Today has reported. The image carried the slogan ‘mera PM chor hai’ (my PM is a thief). The original image carried the slogan ‘My PM works till AM’ on his t-shirt.

The morphed image soon became viral. Congress spokesperson Akhilesh Sharma shared the image with the claim that ‘even BJP members believe that PM is a thief’.

Tajinder Bagga clarified that the image was morphed and tweeted, “ it shows opposition too wants Tajinder Bagga to counter Tajinder Bagga.” When India Today spoke to Shehla Rashid, she said, “I think the photo is genuine. Bagga had put it up in 2013.”

This is the real t-shirt design in question:

The Congress spokesperson who shared the image without verification told India Today that he assumed it was genuine.

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