A set of three images of Congress MP Shashi Tharoor holding cash in his hand is being shared with a claim that he was distributing cash to the crowd.
A Twitter user Shivam Sharma tweeted the images with a caption "Shashi Tharoor making payment to a crowd bought by money. This is the truth of Congress".
Another user Abhi Sutar tweeted the same set of images with exactly the same caption.
Shashi Tharoor had visited the Connemara market in Thiruvananthapuram on 30th March 2019 as reported by Times of India and The New Indian Express.
We found that Shashi Tharoor had himself tweeted the above set of images on 30th March and thanked the fisherwomen of Puthiyathura who pooled their own earnings and handed him a donation towards his election deposit.
His tweet reads:
Deeply touched that the fisherwomen of Puthiyathura pooled their own earnings and handed me a donation towards my election deposit. I will treasure this contribution made by your blood, sweat and tears, and fight for your rights all the way to Parliament.
We found that these images are shared on social media with a false claim that Shashi Tharoor was caught distributing money to the crowd.
Shashi Tharoor is a Member of Parliament, Lok Sabha from Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, since 2009. He currently serves as Chairman of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on External Affairs and All India Professionals Congress. He is looking for his third term from Thiruvananthapuram.
No, Shashi Tharoor didn't distribute money to the crowd. In fact, he was collecting money from the fisherwomen of Puthiyathura who pooled their own earnings and handed him a donation towards his election deposit.