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BJP and Congress handles tweet US combat ship’s photo to wish Indian Navy Day

The handles post a photo of Freedom-class Littoral Combat Ship of the US Navy on Indian Navy Day. Same incorrect image had been shared earlier too.

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New Delhi: The official Twitter handles of several Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)’s ministers and state units, leaders of the Congress, and the Goa Forward Party shared the image of a US combat ship while posting Indian Navy Day greetings Saturday.

India celebrates Navy Day on 4 December every year to recognise the achievements of the Indian Navy.

The Jammu and Kashmir unit of the BJP tweeted: “Greetings on Indian Navy Day. A Grand Salute to The Guardians of the Sea.” However, the picture accompanying this text was that of a US Navy ship.

 

The Maharashtra unit of the BJP also tweeted the same picture with the caption: “Three salutes to the incomparable bravery of the soldiers on the occasion of Indian Naval Day!”

BJP MLA from Madhya Pradesh Gaurishankar Bisen, Gujarat Minister of State for Agriculture, Energy and Petrochemicals Mukesh Patel and Congress MLA from Madhya Pradesh and former cabinet minister P.C. Sharma were some of the others who made the same mistake.

Congress national social media coordinator Maanmohan Singh Pahujaa also tweeted the same photo with the caption: “Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru, India’s first prime minister, famously wrote, “to be secure on land we must be supreme at sea.” On this #NavyDay I salute the brave men who have been protecting our Sea & Land. Jai Hind!”

The Goa Forward Party also posted the same picture.

Fact check

The photo all these handles shared was that of a Freedom-class Littoral Combat Ship, which was commissioned in the US Navy in January 2019.

This isn’t the first time Indian politicians and political parties have erroneously shared an image of this US ship on Navy Day.

On 4 December 2019, the Congress came under fire after the party’s official handle tweeted the picture of the same ship in a congratulatory tweet about Navy Day.

After some Twitter users circulated the hashtag #ShameOnCongress, the party subsequently deleted the tweet.

It was found that the BJP had also tweeted the same picture two years ago on the same occasion.

In collaboration with SM Hoax Slayer.


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