Amidst the India-China standoff, PM Modi visited Leh, Ladakh, and met with frontline troops. He also interacted with injured soldiers at the military hospital.
PM Narendra Modi is accompanied by Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat and Army Chief MM Naravane in his visit to Ladakh. pic.twitter.com/jIbKBPZOO8— ANI (@ANI) July 3, 2020
Prime Minister Narendra Modi makes a surprise visit to Ladakh, being briefed by senior officials at a forward position in Nimu. pic.twitter.com/8I6YiG63lF— ANI (@ANI) July 3, 2020
As photos of the visit surfaced on social media, Twitterati believed that the military hospital did not look like a real hospital. Soon after #MunnaBhai MBBS trended on Twitter, as people called out PM Modi for an alleged ‘photo-op’:
The army should put its foot down and tell Modi it will not be a part of his marketing gimmicks. This is the limit, turning a conference room into a ward for Photo op#MunnaBhaiMBBS pic.twitter.com/k1DKvl71ti— Neha (@ShantiseAshanTi) July 4, 2020
Here’s real Doctor telling you what’s missing— Dr Jwala Gurunath (@DrJwalaG) July 4, 2020
No Patient’s ID band
No pulse oximeter
No ECG leads
No IV cannula / Saline ?
No emergency crash cart
No Doctors explaining condition of patients too .
Ask proper Doctors before such photo ops .#MunnaBhaiMBBS pic.twitter.com/eHB9yDFmw0
How can someone be so shameless?— Anjali_Sharma☮️🌈 (@TribeccaAngie) July 4, 2020
To make mockery out of a brutal clash?
A few days back only we lost 20 Soldiers..
How thick skinned is this guy to make a fake setup of hospital & hire actors to sit as props just for a few photos?
The truth will come out someday.#MunnaBhaiMBBS pic.twitter.com/1NA7F085yA
However, in a press release, the Indian Army offered a clarification that this was not a photo op. Rather, the ward that PM Modi visited was a Training Audio Video Hall converted into a hospital ward as part of the Crisis Expansion capacity.
JUST IN: Indian Army statement on what it calls “malicious and unsubstantiated accusations” regarding the facility where PM Modi met with injured soldiers from the Galwan incident: pic.twitter.com/R1EXdRRfUV— Shiv Aroor (@ShivAroor) July 4, 2020
Indian and Chinese armies were involved in a violent face-off at the Galwan Valley recently. 20 Indian soldiers lost their lives in the clash.