New Delhi: Several BJP MPs and MLAs took to Twitter Friday to praise Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and PM Narendra Modi for an irrigation project — the Bhaoni Dam project — meant to advance development in the state’s Bundelkhand region by resolving its water shortage.
The project was among several initiatives launched by Modi on his visit to Mahoba in UP’s Bundelkhand region Friday.
The leaders who tweeted about the Bhaoni project included Kaushambi MP Vinod Kumar Sonkar, Pindra MLA Avadesh Singh, Bhadohi MLA Ravindra Nath Tripathi, Safipur MLA Bamba Lal Diwakar, and Bathnaha MLA Anil Kumar.
The promotional image has a photograph of Yogi Adityanath, and the tweets contain the same hashtag, #Buland_Bundelkhand, in Hindi, and the tagline “A gift to Bundelkhand”. The graphic also includes the image of a dam.
बुंदेलखंड में हरियाली के लिए रास्ता तैयार करेगी अर्जुन सहायक सिंचाई परियोजना!
— Vinod Sonkar (@BJPVinodSonkar) November 19, 2021
— Dr. Avadhesh Singh MLA (@DrAvadheshBJP) November 19, 2021
— Anil Kumar (@KumarAnilBJP) November 19, 2021
Picture from Telugu states
A closer look at the promotional material reveals that the dam is neither a new construction, nor does it belong to the Bundelkhand region.
Seemingly sourced from a Deccan Chronicle report published in 2014, the image is actually of the Srisailam Dam.
Located on the Telangana-Andhra Pradesh border, the Srisailam has been the focus of a hydropower-generation dispute between the two states.
The aforementioned BJP leaders received varying degrees of traction on Twitter for their misleading posts, with Avadesh Singh and Bamba Lal in particular garnering dozens of likes. Not a single user, however, pointed out the true source of the image.
In collaboration with SM Hoaxslayer