Congress-BJP ad war hots up on social media


BJP misguiding people with foreign photos: Cong

Under fire from the BJP for allegedly using photos in its advertisement campaign from outside Gujarat, the Congress on Friday launched a counter-attack on social media putting up a series of photographs used by the BJP on its Facebook pages and websites, which it claimed were "fraudulently" misguiding people.

Posts on the official Congress Facebook page claimed the official BJP website,, and its official Facebook page, 'Ekmat Gujarat', picked up the image of a high-voltage transmission line from the website of the US Department of Energy to depict the state government's Jyotigram Yojana.

A post on the Facebook page, 'Narendra Modi for PM,' comparing roads of Ahmedabad to that of Amethi, the parliamentary constituency of Congress president Sonia Gandhi, placed swanky BRTS road of Ahmedabad alongside a potholed road that it said was from Amethi. A post on the 'Join Hands for Change (JHC)' campaign's Facebook page claimed the potholed road actually belonged to Texas in the US, and not Amethi, as claimed on Facebook.

The picture was picked up from the website,, it said.

In yet another post, JHC claimed the same Facebook page used the picture of a group of smiling women depict the positive effects of development in Gujarat, which was actually picked up from the website of the Institute for Indian Mother and Child (IIMC), showing women in Kolkata.

The same website used the picture of tobacco plantation in Australia to show the party's achievements in leading state's agriculture growth, the JHC Facebook post claimed.

The picture of wind turbine on the state government's Vibrant Gujarat 2014 Summit website showing Gujarat's commitment to green energy is picked up from the website,, it added.

State Congress spokesperson Manish Doshi said, "This is what we have been saying all along, that photographs are only the symbolic presentation and facts are what matter. We would still like to ask Narendra Modi if the facts that we presented are wrong. The BJP still has time to answer this to the public."

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