Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath inaugurated the LuLu Mall in Lucknow on July 10. There, Adityanath rode a buggy driven by Yusuff Ali M. A, the Chairman and Managing Director of LuLu Group International.
AFWA found that the man sitting next to the Kerala CM was the UAE’s Minister of State for Foreign Trade, Thani bin Ahmed Al-Zeyoudi — not Yusuff Ali’s driver.
A reverse search of Vijayan’s photo led us to the same image in a report by The Hindu published on December 16, 2021. It said the photo was from the inauguration of the LuLu Mall in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala.
According to the caption, the men sitting along with the Kerala CM were the UAE’s Minister of State for Foreign Trade Thani bin Ahmed Al-Zeyoudi, the UAE Ambassador to India Ahmed Abdulrahman AlBanna, and LuLu Group International chairman Yusuff Ali. Thiruvananthapuram MP Shashi Tharoor and political leaders from Kerala, Jose K Mani and Kadakampally Surendran, were seated in the back.On December 16, 2022, the Kerala CM also shared a photo with the same man on his Twitter. This post identified him as Al-Zeyoudi. Tharoor also tweeted photos with same man on December 16, 2021.hadIt is thus clear that the claim is misleading. The man driving the buggy for the Kerala CM is a UAE minister, not a chauffeur.
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