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Motorway A2 in Poland, Poznań. "Komorniki" junction.(Creative Commons)

BJP Rajasthan uses Poland highway picture for planned Bikaner highway

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:

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

Motorway A2 in Poland, Poznań. “Komorniki” junction.(Creative Commons)

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.


About Arun Nag

Arun is with Digiteye India since October as the main source for re-writing stories after re-checking the facts and images. He writes on political and business claims. He can be reached at admin@digiteye.in

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