Calcutta: A later deleted Twitter post showing an image of Sealdah flying over in a Tripura government slogan-writing competition for road safety led to a political row with the Trinamool Congress on Saturday accusing states ruled by the BJP repeatedly used images of Calcutta to showcase their “development”.
The handle post @mygovtripura had asked for entries in the motor vehicle regulation slogan writing competition, with a cash reward of Rs 5,000. It appeared to be part of the government’s road safety campaign Tripura. But the image used was that of the flight over Sealdah, with its tram tracks, yellow taxis and buses.
TMC claimed that this was the third time in four months that the BJP had copied the “TMC governance model”. “This is not the first time that a government led by the BJP has engaged in dishonest means to deceive voters by using the work carried out by the TIAC government. In November, the Union Ministry of Civil Aviation shared photographs of Durgapur Airport in Bengal and passed it off as an airport in Uttarakhand. Likewise, Yogi Adityanath’s government used photos of Kolkata’s iconic Maa Flyover in a full-page infomercial in September to show the economic progress made by the UP government, “TMC said.
“Is @ BJP4Tripura claiming these are their roads?” Are there no well-maintained roads in Tripura? Has @BjpBiplab really NEGLECTED DEVELOPMENT to this point? It’s ridiculous how the BJP repeatedly steals the #BengalModel to present @MamataOfficial’s development work as their own! TMC’s Tripura unit tweeted on Friday evening.
Campaigning in Behala, BJP national vice president Dilip Ghosh retaliated when asked about it. “Is Sealdah flying over their personal property?” During advertisements, good images are always used to attract people. There will be many photographs of the Eiffel Tower used in the advertisements. What’s wrong with that? They have nothing more to say.
However, on Saturday night, the original post was pulled from Twitter.