Congress’s Surjewala shares 2012 image from Nepal as ‘new India’, deletes later

On May 19, Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala tweeted an image of a woman riding a bicycle with an infant wrapped on her back and a sack tugged on to the cycle’s rear seat. Surjewala wrote in Hindi, “New India’s truth (translated from न्यू इंडिया का सच!).” This tweet was retweeted at least 190 times. Surjewala subsequently deleted the tweet without any clarification. Below is a screenshot of an archived link of the tweet that can be accessed here. Readers should note the time stamp on the archived tweet is not as per the Indian Standard Time (IST).

Fact-check

Alt News performed a reverse image search on Bing, and found that the viral image was published on UK-based blog ‘cyclechic.co.uk‘. The image on the 2016 article was sourced to Pinterest which credited it to “Info News.” The caption on the image reads, “This picture of a mother and her baby was taken in Nepalgunj, Nepal where bicycle travel is the usual transportation.” However, the link to Info News is no longer functional. On May 19, Times of India published a fact-check report and found that the image is available on European Pressphoto Agency. As per the details on the stock photo agency, the image was clicked by Narendra Shrestha on June 29, 2012. The caption reads, “AThus Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala tweeted an 8-year-old image from Nepal and India and later took it down. This was in the backdrop of migrant workers, stranded across the country due to the lockdown, taking all possible measures to return to their native states.

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