When we searched for this image on Union Minister Smriti Irani’s official social media handles, we found this image to be published on Smriti Irani’s Instagram handle on 09 December 2020. Smriti Irani shared this image with a caption, ‘Pandemic mornings’. But the original image did not show Smriti Irani watching Rahul Gandhi on her laptop. In the original photo, Smriti Irani was seen interacting in a video meeting on her laptop.
On social media, a photo has been circulated claiming to show Union Minister Smriti Irani consuming alcohol and drafting counter-tweets to Rahul Gandhi. Smriti Irani is seen in this shot sitting in a garden with a laptop and a drink of bourbon beside her. Let’s look into the assertion made in the article. This post has been preserved and can be viewed here. Claim: Smriti Irani, a Union Minister, is photographed consuming alcohol and drafting retweets in response to Rahul Gandhi. Fact: The photo in the post has been altered. Smriti Irani interacts with her coworkers through video conference in the original image. In addition, the glass next to Smriti Irani was filled with water rather than alcohol. As a result.
Also, the glass placed beside Smriti Irani in the photo was filled with water, not alcohol. Sharing the original photo, several news websites published articles in December 2020. They can be seen here and here. To sum it up, a morphed photo is falsely shared as the visuals of Smriti Irani watching Rahul Gandhi’s speeches to prepare counter tweets.