“Indian Express is the New ANI for Yogi ji”: No takers for Indian Express’ apology as Yogi Adityanath mocked for using photo from Kolkata to claim UP’s development


Indian Express has found itself placed in an awful predicament after a front-page ad it carried on the so-called development of Uttar Pradesh under Yogi Adityanath became a topic of considerable ridicule. The paper issued an extraordinary apology but there appeared to be no takers for its clarification with many accusing the newspaper of making a desperate attempt to protect Adityanath.

The apology by Indian Express read, “A wrong image was inadvertently included in the cover collage of the advertorial on Uttar Pradesh produced by the marketing department of the newspaper. The error is deeply regretted and the image has been removed in all digital editions of the paper.”

Twitterati began to target the newspaper, which enjoyed a considerable reputation until a few years ago, for its decision to move with lightning speed in a bid to protect the controversial BJP chief minister of Uttar Pradesh.

The front page ad of Indian Express had showed Adityanath waving at people in the backdrop of a photo of high-rises and a flyover. The caption had screamed, “Transforming Uttar Pradesh under Yogi Adityanath.”

But the newspaper ad did not go down well netizens, who were quick to highlight that the image used was not from Uttar Pradesh. They pointed out how this was Maa flyover connecting Kolkata to the Dum Dum airport. Others highlighted the presence of a yellow cab, which is identified with Kolkata. The tall building showed in the photo, they said, were of two five-star hotels situated along the EM Bypass in Kolkata.

Indian Express being called the new ANI for Yogi Adityanath is largely due to the latter’s reputation of carrying fake news in support of the BJP’s Hindutva ideology in the past.