New Delhi: A 30-second video of water flooding “a bus in Delhi” and two photographs of the waterlogged road under the Minto Bridge in the capital went viral on social media Wednesday as heavy rains lashed Delhi.
Journalist Meenakshi Joshi was among many users who shared the video on Twitter Wednesday. The tweet in Hindi, which has since been deleted, read: “Buses, auto-rickshaws and cars are queens of the water during Delhi rains”.
The video had been viewed nearly 10,000 times before the tweet was deleted.
BJP spokesperson Gaurav Goel tweeted a photograph of waterlogging under the Minto Bridge at Connaught Place, New Delhi, in which he referred to submerged buses as “submarines”. The post had been shared nearly 400 times at the time of publishing this report.
— Gaurav Goel (@goelgauravbjp) July 14, 2021
The corner of the photo features a billboard of Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal next to a caption in Hindi that reads: “Did you get water supply in your house today?”. Goel captioned the tweet with a hashtag, “#AdManKejriwal”.
Varun Puri, Member, Advisory Committee, Indian Council for Cultural Relations at the Ministry of External Affairs, shared a different photograph of submerged buses under the Minto Bridge with the same hashtag. It had been shared over 160 times at the time of publishing this report.
— Varun Puri (@varunpuri1984) July 14, 2021
The video, claiming to have been shot in the capital, is originally from Jaipur, while the two Minto Bridge photographs were taken almost four years ago.
In August 2020, Abhishek Dutt, vice president, Delhi Congress, had posted the same video and attributed it to the national capital.
— Abhishek Dutt (अभिषेक दत्त) (@duttabhishek) August 13, 2020
The video of water entering a bus is not from the national capital but rather Jaipur, Rajasthan. It was one of the many videos shared by netizens as the city was lashed with floods in August 2020. Three persons died during the floods.
The photograph of submerged buses under Minto Bridge, shared by Goel, first appeared in 2018 when heavy rains lashed several parts of the city. The image was also used in a Deccan Herald report dated 13 July 2018. The photo shared by Goel was also found to be edited as the original image did not feature any billboard.
The picture shared by Puri of submerged buses was also an edited one. On the left side of the photo is a sticker of a cartoon face with the words: “Troll F*ckers”. The original photo is from floods in Delhi during July 2020.
— The New Indian Express (@NewIndianXpress) July 19, 2020
Delhi MLA Atishi also tweeted a video Wednesday afternoon saying there was “no water logging at #MintoBridge this time and traffic is moving smoothly”, despite heavy rainfall.
“Maybe its time that our opposition stops circulating old photos of Minto Bridge Smiling face with smiling eyes”, her tweet read.
Despite heavy rainfall since morning, there's no water logging at #MintoBridge this time and traffic is moving smoothly.
Maybe its time that our opposition stops circulating old photos of Minto Bridge 😊 pic.twitter.com/WKe8XPNl0X
— Atishi (@AtishiAAP) July 14, 2021
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(Edited by Paramita Ghosh)