Tharoor Uses 2017 Image from UP to Mock ‘Aatmanirbhar Bharat’
The image is old and was clicked by Amitesh Kumar for The Lallantop in 2017 while covering the UP election.
In an attempt to take a jibe at Modi’s government’s “Aatmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyaan” (Mission Self-Reliant India), Congress MP Shashi Tharoor shared an old image from 2017 insinuating that it shows the reality of “Aatmanirbhar Bharat” .
While addressing the nation on 12 May, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced an economic relief package and stressed on the importance of ‘Self-Reliant India’ to tide over coronavirus crisis.
We found that the image is old and was clicked by Amitesh Kumar for The Lallantop in 2017 while covering the Uttar Pradesh elections.
The aforementioned image shows a woman carrying a saline drip bottle in her hand. The drip is connected to a child.
In addition to Tharoor, well-known Urdu poet Imran Pratapgarhi and advocate Dipika Rajawat also shared the image on Twitter with similar claims. Pratapgarhi was the Congress candidate from Moradabad, Uttar Pradesh in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.
WHAT WE FOUND
Several users while commenting on Shashi Tharoor’s post, pointed out that the image is from 2017. Saurabh Dwivedi, editor at news website The Lallantop mentioned that image was clicked by his colleague Amitesh Kumar in Uttar Pradesh’s Mirzapur.
Amitesh himself took to Instagram to clarify that the image is old and was clicked in 2017 while covering the Uttar Pradesh election.
We also found a video released by The Lallantop with Amitesh’s statement.
Next, we reached out to Amitesh who helped us verify the original image and its meta details.
Evidently, an old image was shared on social media as ‘reality of Aatmanirbhar Bharat’.
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