Bharatiya Janata Party’s resolution for state-of-the-art modern infrastructure.
Gujarat Legislative Assembly elections are held in two phases on 1st Dec and 5th December 2022 and at the time of writing this article, the first phase of the election in 89 constituencies is under way. Over the days leading up to the election, several pitches were made to attract voters by all parties and BJP had used this picture to claim that the party is resolute in bringing the state-of-the-art infrastructure. The same was shared by other noted BJP personalities as well. See here and here. However, the picture had been disputed to be not from Gujarat in social media.
— Dinesh Anavadiya (@AnavadiyaDinesh) November 26, 2022
What’s the truth?
When we did a reverse image search for the image shared by the official twitter handle of the Gujarat BJP, we found that the image is a stock image from a website that is on sale for at various prices for various use cases.
We also found another website using the image which may be licensed from Alamy which sells the stock image. According to the Alamy website, the image was taken on 2nd November 2014 showing Santacruz – Chembur link road flyover which is in Tilak Nagar near Lokmanya Tilak (Kurla) terminal.
After the 2014 Maharastra Assembly Elections, BJP – Shiv Sena alliance formed the Government on 30th October 2014. The bridge was built before BJP even came to power in 2014. For 15 years, from October 1999 to September 2014, INC-NCP had been in power in Maharashtra. So, the bridge was not built in Gujarat as it was built in Mumbai, which also was not built by BJP.
According to an article from the Times of India, the bridge was opened to motorists on 18th April 2014 after missing 12 deadlines with construction beginning in 2006.
The image used by the BJP to claim that they are resolute in bringing state-of-the-art infrastructure is from Maharashtra and BJP was not in power when it was built.