On September 24, Rohan Gupta, chairman of the social media department of the Indian National Congress, tweeted pictures that showed shopkeepers sleeping next to their merchandise. Gupta wrote in his caption, “Here are the beneficiaries of the Modi wave that swept the nation!” His tweet had been liked 2,400 times and retweeted over 500 times at the time of writing. (archived link to the tweet)
पूरे देश में मोदी लहर के लाभार्थी ! pic.twitter.com/09eLyDadFC
— Rohan Gupta (@rohanrgupta) September 24, 2020
These pictures are being shared at a time when India’s economy has hit its lowest point. Millions have lost their jobs because of the lockdowns imposed to control the spread of the coronavirus. Small businesses were among the worst affected. Modi government has faced criticism for the economic slump.
These photos were also posted on Facebook on August 23.
A parody Twitter account of former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav shared these photos as well. (archived link to the tweet)
ऐसे ही आराम फरमाओ मंदिर तो बन ही रहा है राफेल भी आ गया। अब और क्या करना है।
आएगा तो मोदी ही 😀😀😀😀 pic.twitter.com/ePhslPJhb5
— Akhilesh Yadav (@yadavakhiles143) August 2, 2020
When we did a reverse image search, we found these images in a tweet posted by Alka Lamba dated July 25, 2019. Lamba had written in her tweet, “The businessmen of Chandni Chowk and the rest of the country are victims of the Modi government’s policies.”
To sum it up, pictures of shopkeepers sleeping inside their shops last year were circulated as recent.