The world has seen that a momentary click is all it takes to get the social media going.
This time, on a cold morning on India's Republic Day, Twitterati found a 'proof' of India's Defence Minister napping during the parade in New Delhi.
A photo, which looks like a screen-shot taken from the live proceedings of the event by Doordarshan, shows Manohar Parrikar, with his eyes closed and head drooping.
Obviously, the Twitterati lost it:
Parrikar sleeping after surgical strike!
pic.twitter.com/jWYLrNidrv— Amit Ranjan (@amit_hope) January 26, 2017
Mananiya Raksha Mantri is all ears, attentive as ever, while-soldiers-are-on-the-border.... pic.twitter.com/jVDn0AoN9g— Salil Tripathi (@saliltripathi) January 26, 2017
This Republic Day, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar shows our women and men in uniform how much he appreciates their hard work and valour pic.twitter.com/rMRGCgJcsM— Praveen Swami (@praveenswami) January 26, 2017
Are..भक्त log kaha hai... unko dikhao jara— Naushad Akhtar (@AkhtarNaushad) January 26, 2017
Ye hamare desh ka रक्षामंत्री, माननीय श्री मनोहर पार्रीकर https://t.co/uJpuwSYbPg
But a right-leaning publication titled OpIndia, put up a video, saying that Parrikar's photo was a screen-grab taken at a time when he just happened to look down. They also put up a video of the same:
A political outfit mentored by former Goa Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh chief Subhash Velingkar took potshots at Parrikar saying that he may have taken on "too many responsibilities".
"The Defence Minister has been found asleep during the Republic Day event -- it is a matter of shame for both India as well as Goa, of which he remained the Chief Minister. Parrikar is always in Goa -- campaigning for the BJP even at booth-level meetings. Does this happen anywhere else... when you take too many responsibilities on your shoulders, there is an overload. That is why he was caught sleeping through an important function."
The Manch is mentored by Velingkar, who has been critical of the Bharatiya Janata Party and Parrikar ahead of the 4 February Goa assembly elections.
Last year on India's Independence Day, pictures of Parrikar with his eyes shut, along with those of Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal, and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had been widely shared on social media.
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