The train photo that the BJP released is of Singaporean railways, not an Indian train.

The West Bengal and Tripura BJP posters misused Singapore train images as Indian railways

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How did metro services reach cities in India without increasing employment? Congress will say, BJP will do! #Vote4BJP #PhirEkBaarModiSarkar

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Explanation

The Indian general elections of 2024 are slated to take place in seven parts between April 19, 2024, and June 1, 2024. On June 4, 2024, the results of the vote-counting process will be made public. Four rounds of the Lok Sabha election are already complete. Both of the major parties are launching intense campaigns ahead of the election’s fifth phase.

In this instance, a West Bengal BJP poster featuring PM Modi’s picture is circulating online. The banner reads, “If employment does not increase, how did metro services reach cities in India?” and features some infographics. The poster continued, saying, “Metro Services in 5 cities in 2014.” Metro Services in 20 Cities by 2024. BJP will act, Congress will say.” Along with various pictures of bridges, the post also features a train going by in the background.

This post is shared with the claim stating, “How did metro services reach cities in India without increasing employment? Congress will say, BJP will do.” You can view a similar claim post here.

What’s the truth?

We began our study with a basic Google reverse image search and pertinent keywords. This directed us to a few reports and articles.

The identical viral image of a train crossing a bridge that the West Bengal BJP IT wing had publicized was also featured in a February 2022 Straits Times article from Singapore titled “Track fault disrupted MRT travel between Choa Chu Kang and Jurong East.” This demonstrates that they deliberately misused the Singapore train photos for their political agenda, just as it is from India.

Using that as a hint, we looked further and discovered the similar train image on the Singapore MRT Fandom. Com website. The text on the train photograph reads Jurong East, Singapore.

Likewise, we got another article from Property Guru.com carrying the same image. As per the article, “The HDB BTO June 2024 Jurong East flats will provide more housing options for those who want to live in the west side of Singapore, in the Jurong Lake District (JLD), which has been nicknamed Singapore’s second Central Business District.”

We have also attached a comparison image of both the viral poster and the original Singapore railway images for our reader’s understanding below.

 

All of this data demonstrates that the widely circulated photo of train seen on West Bengal BJP posters is, in fact, an image of Singapore’s railways, not those of India, unlike what some have claimed.

Conclusion:

Therefore, we conclude that Indian railways are not featured in the widely circulated claim advertisement of the West Bengal and Tripura BJP poster that features PM Modi’s image with trains in the background. The pictures of the trains are actually from Singapore.

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Indu Meenakshi

Indu Meenakshi is a former Microbiologist-turned-journalist, works as a Sub-Editor at YouTurn. She additionally holds Master’s in Management and English Literature. As a fact-checker, her job entails actively dispelling false information found online, exposing fake news, and raising public awareness.
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