A social media post accompanying a screenshot of a tweet criticising the current state of Indian banks is being shared widely attributing the tweet to former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. The purported tweet is made from an account which carries a display picture & name of Manmohan Singh. And the comments below the screenshot indicates that people are perceiving that the tweet was indeed made by Manmohan Singh. The Hindi tweet loosely translates to ‘Leave what is inside the Taj Mahal, Qutub Minar and Gyanvapi. Look at what’s left inside the Reserve Bank and the rest of the banks!’. Through this article let’s fact-check the claim made in the post.
Claim: Manmohan Singh’s tweet criticising the current state of Indian banks and how they are being emptied.
Fact: Manmohan Singh does not maintain any twitter account. The viral tweet was made from a fan account. In fact, in recent times, Manmohan Singh did not make any comments criticising the status of Indian banks. Hence the claim made in the post is FALSE.
Manmohan Singh did not tweet this message criticising the current state of Indian banks. In fact, he does not maintain any Twitter account. The viral tweet was made from a parody account.
The Twitter handle through which the viral tweet was made reads ‘@aryanzalwar’. And in the bio section of the Twitter handle, it is clearly mentioned that is a fan page of former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. This tweet, criticising the status of Indian banks from a fan account is misconstrued as Manmohan Singh himself making such a statement.
In fact, in recent times, Manmohan Singh had not made any comments in line with the claim made in the tweet. There are no reports about any such statement by him.
Earlier in February this year, Manmohan Singh criticised current government for its economic policies. However, he did not comment on RBI or other Indian banks in his remarks.
To sum it up, Tweet from a fan account is misconstrued as Manmohan Singh criticising the Indian banks.