Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) Chief Raj Thackeray has allegedly debunked an image posted by facebook page named “Modi For New India”. The image showed a family consisting of about seven members on one side and Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s picture on the other side.
The caption with the post shows, “To provide a better life to poor is not just a slogan for Modi ji but it’s a mission. The Congress can only give the slogan of remove poverty, but it can’t do anything tangible.” Moreover, the picture claimed, “7.5 crore people were brought out of poverty in the last three years.” The post, purportedly, implies that the family was one of the beneficiaries of a poverty reduction scheme during Modi’s tenure.
While addressing a rally on April 23, Raj Thackeray revealed that the photo was allegedly morphed and used by the BJP to promote their propaganda of poverty reduction without the family’s knowledge. Thackeray claimed that the family had posted the picture on their Facebook account which was picked up by the BJP’s Information Technology (IT) cell and was then posted on their page.
Thackeray didn’t just allege BJP misusing the family’s photo but also invited the family on the stage to prove his point. Before calling the family on stage, Thackeray asked the audience to look at the large screen where the Facebook post in question was prominently displayed. “Why don’t you check for yourself? Look at the family on stage and look at the photo next to that of Modi’s. These people had no clue that they are featured in this BJP ad,” he took a jibe at BJP while addressing the audience in the rally.
“There’s a limit to spreading lies. This is just one example for the first time in 30 years; the country gave such a clear mandate to one party (in 2014). But he (Modi) continued to lie. Is this why you were given a majority in Parliament? This country gave you everything, why then do you resort to lying,” asked the MNS Chief.
Thackeray was appreciated by netizens on social media on allegedly debunking the “lies” of the BJP. The Facebook page has, however, taken down the post after this episode. Meanwhile, the post was liked by about 1.5 k people and was shared by 270 users.