Former Indian prime minister has not been invited to Biden’s inauguration
Multiple Facebook and Twitter posts claim that former Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has been invited to be “chief guest” at US President-elect Joe Biden’s swearing-in ceremony. The claim is false; Singh’s office denied receiving any such invitation from the US authorities; inauguration ceremonies of US presidents and vice presidents usually have US officials and local dignitaries.
The false claim was posted on Facebook here on November 8, 2020.
The Hindi text translates to English as: “Breaking: India's Dr. Manmohan Singh-ji will be the chief guest at the new US President Biden's oath-taking ceremony.
Manmohan Singh is a former Indian prime minister and opposition Indian National Congress (INC) party politician.
The claim, however, is false.
Manmohan Singh’s office denied receiving any such communication from US authorities.
“This is false information. We have not received any such invitation,” a representative told an AFP journalist via phone on November 13, 2020.
According to this report by the New York Times on November 9, the committee is planning to hold an outdoor inauguration ceremony for the 46th US president on January 20, 2021, in light of the Covid-19 pandemic.
The report details some expected guests at the ceremony, but there is no mention of any foreign guests, only US officials.