Pictures of Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyar were shared on Monday by at least four verified Twitter handles of the Congress party.
These pictures were shared by PM Narendra Modi after his sharp criticism of the Congress party in the Lok Sabha. In his speech, the Prime Minister dubbed the Congress the “leader of the tukde-tukde gang”.
Soon after PM Modi’s speech, a picture of Mani Shankar Aiyar was shared from the official Twitter handle of Uttar Pradesh Congress. However, there was no caption or context accompanying the picture.
— UP Congress (@INCUttarPradesh) 7 February 2022
The picture left netizens confused, with several users on Twitter writing condolence messages and others asking Congress to give context to the picture.
Minutes later, another picture of Mani Shankar Aiyar was shared from the official Twitter handle of Telangana Congress. This, too, was not accompanied by any caption or context, but was shared (retweeted) using the UP Twitter handle.
— Telangana Congress (@INCTelangana) 7 February 2022
Two other pictures of Mani Shankar Aiyar were shared using the verified Twitter handles of Indian National Congress (INC) Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan Pradesh Congress Seva Dal.
— Congress Chhattisgarh (@INCChhattisgarh) 7 February 2022
Several users on Twitter also suspected the Congress party’s verified Twitter handle of hacking and sharing pictures of Mani Shankar Aiyar.
A civil servant turned politician, Mani Shankar Aiyar is a three-time Lok Sabha MP who was also nominated to the Rajya Sabha from 2010 to 2016.
— Rajasthan Congress Sevadal (@SevadalRJ) 7 February 2022
Aiyar was suspended from the primary membership of the Congress party in 2017 after he made controversial remarks against Prime Minister Narendra Modi during the Gujarat Assembly elections.
However, Mani Shankar Aiyar’s suspension was revoked nine months later by the Congress party in August 2018.
In November last year, speaking at an event to mark the 132nd birth anniversary of Jawaharlal Nehru, Aiyar had said, “We consider all citizens of this country to be Indians. Then there are some, who are currently in power, who It is said that 80% of Indians who follow Hinduism are genuine Indians while others are non-Indians, living in the country as guests and we can expel them whenever we want.”