New Delhi: On the occasion of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s birthday Friday, the BJP released a video celebrating the leader. However, a section of the video uses an image from Los Angeles, United States of America.
Many on social media pointed out the error soon after the video was released on Twitter by the BJP’s official handle.
— BJP (@BJP4India) September 17, 2021
Awaiting an apology from Mayor of Los Angeles for using the wrong clip of LA in Modi Ji's Happy Birthday greeting video… https://t.co/XKnVnpP7Pw
— Priya Yadav (@priyapyadav18) September 17, 2021
The two-minute-42-second video praises the PM for being a “Dreamer, Performer, Achiever” and goes on to enumerate the many achievements of the Modi government.
The PM’s tagged a “reformer” who is “transforming India’s education and skills”, who is “revolutionising India’s cleanliness and hygiene” and who is “revamping India’s economy”, among other things.
He is also applauded for “modifying India’s vision of leading the 21st century”.
At this point, two minutes 22 seconds into the video, it shows the image of a city skyline. While there is no text accompanying the image, it is possible for viewers to think it to be any of the Indian metro cities — since the video is on the Indian PM. It is, however, a stock image of Los Angeles, US, from Alamy, a UK-based stock photo agency.
The stock image used in the video can be viewed here.
Interestingly, a Pakistani bulb company, Skyled, had also used the image in an advertisement they produced in 2017.
(In collaboration with SM Hoaxslayer)