BJP has often had to bear the brunt of faking photos to extract the much-needed political advantage over its rivals both during and after the elections.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi had come under considerable scrutiny after the saffron party’s social media cell allegedly distributed photos showing huge crowds at his rallies with the help of photoshopped images.
A court in Delhi had also slammed the party for presenting doctored images showing development under the BJP-ruled civic bodies in Delhi.
Now, another incident of fake image allegedly distributed by BJP supporters has become a topic of intense conversation on social media.
It all started after Madhu Kishwar, known for her pro-BJP leaning, posted a photo of poor road condition to launch an attack on Bihar government for its failure on development front.
Kishwar’s tweet said, “Photograph shared by friend from Bihar showing the scam in the name of road construction in Bihar.”
Social media users countered Kishwar’s ‘lie’ with lightening speed clarifying that the photo in question was from Bangladesh and not Bihar as alleged.
Leading the fray was Bihar’s young deputy chief minister, Tejaswi Yadav.
Tejaswi wrote, “An image of Bangladesh is used to malign Bihar. @madhukishwar Ji atleast expect U to share authenticate information.”
— Tejashwi Yadav (@yadavtejashwi) July 3, 2016
Tejaswi’s sister, now a Rajya Sabha MP, Misa Bharti, went a step further to question the ethics of people claiming to belong to the media fraternity.
Bharti wrote, “@yadavtejashwi @madhukishwar Even journalists nowadays have started behaving like indoctrinated trolls. Height of unabashed misinformation!”
Even journalists nowadays have started behaving like indoctrinated trolls. Height of unabashed misinformation!
— Dr. Misa Bharti (@MisaBharti) July 3, 2016
Here is the original tweet posted by a Bangladeshi user, Rifat Alam, on 24 June.
Alam in his tweet posted in Bengali had taken a dig at Bangladesh government sarcastically commenting that the country’s road condition was a sign it had already become as developed as Singapore.
— Bihari DNA (@BihariDNA) July 3, 2016
Madhu has not withdrawn her tweet even after the clarification by Tejaswi, Misa and other social media users.