When it comes to highways and good roads, BJP state wings allegedly takes any good picture available on the Internet and uses it on their posters to claim good governance without mentioning that they are representational and not real site pictures. Here’s one such picture shared by BJP MP Madan Lal Saini from Rajasthan last week:
It was used when Union road transport and highway minister Nitin Gadkari was to lay the foundation for a National Highway project in Rajasthan on Monday, January 28, 2019. It was uploaded by BJP’s Rajasthan unit but using a picture of a Poland highway in the background, which is often used as a representational picture elsewhere in the world.
The social media poster showcasing Gadkari and Prime Minister Narendra Modi had a caption that said the minister will inaugurate 162.46 kms of two-lane paved shoulder being built at a cost of Rs 860.26 crore in Bikaner across Raisinghnagar, Anupgarh, Gharsana, Sattasar, and Pugalkhand.
It was widely shared by BJP leaders on Facebook and Twitter, including BJP Rajasthan president Madan Lal Saini as shown below:
सड़क परिवहन और राजमार्ग मंत्री श्री नितिन गडकरी जी 895 करोड़ रुपये की लागत से 212.107 किलोमीटर का बीकानेर में खाजूवाला, पूगल, दंतौर, जगासर, गोकुल, गोडू, रण, जीतपुरा, चारणवाला, नौख, वाप खंड का दो लेन मय पेव्ड शोल्डर का शिलान्यास करेंगे। pic.twitter.com/xDhToJxqHR
— Madan Lal Saini (@MPMadanSaini) January 28, 2019
When the image is searched using Google Reverse Image, it threw up several past uses, traceable to the original A2 motorway in Poland. Here’s the original picture in Wikipedia with Creative Commons open license. See the picture at this link: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:PL_A2_Poznan_Komorniki.JPG
The photograph was used way back in 2015 by BJP to showcase Modi government’s agenda to build new roads. In fact, the same photograph has been used as a representative image of a highway under construction in Uganda, though it was later removed. Even Somalia used it in 2017 as a project being undertaken with aid from Qatar.
Using representational pictures as part of the project under construction often mislead the public.