The ruling TMC in Calcutta strongly opposed the use of the supposed image of a Calcutta flyover, as a backdrop for an image of the UP CM, published on the front page of a national newspaper.
The ad titled ‘Transforming Uttar Pradesh under Yogi Adityanath’ featured an image of an overpass painted in blue and white colors, synonymous with TMC government, along with skyscrapers and industries juxtaposed underneath a cutout of Yogi Adityanath.
“Before 2017, the UP did not take investment seriously, but in its four and a half year rule, that negative perception has been broken and in 2020 it has emerged as the second largest economy in the country,”, The message of the ad said.
Months after TMC’s big win against BJP in Bengal assembly polls which were bitterly fought between the two parties, TMC left no opportunity to ridicule BJP for the episode. Banerjee’s party claimed that BJP has now indirectly accepted the “wave of development” under the Mamata Banerjee government and even tried to appropriate it.
“Transforming UP for @myogiadityanath means stealing images from the infrastructure seen in Bengal under the leadership of @ MamataOfficial and using them as your own! Looks like the ‘DOUBLE ENGINE MODEL’ has MISERABLY FAILED in the strongest state of BJP and is now EXPOSED for everyone! TMC National Secretary General Abhishek Banerjee tweeted.
“Sir. @Narendramodi is so powerless to save his party that, in addition to changing CM, he has also had to resort to using images of growth and infrastructure seen under the leadership of @ MamataOfficial, as his own. #BengalModel> #BJPRuledStatesModel Mr. Modi? ”Mukul Roy, who returned to TMC after winning a Bengal assembly seat on a BJP ticket, tweeted.
The Bengal BJP unit tried to save face by saying that even if the image was indeed that of the Maa flyover, the TMC government has no other infrastructure development to boast about. “Several highways have been built under the Adityanath government in UP. By comparison, West Bengal has seen several flybys collapses in recent years … Whether the image is that of the Maa flyby as claimed by the TMC has yet to be confirmed. But their knee-jerk reaction to the ad shows they have nothing else to brag about. Even if it is indeed the image of the Maa flyover, it was nothing more than a mistake and it does not take away the credit from Adityanath for accelerating the growth of UP, ”said BJP Bengal General Secretary Sayantan Basu.
An error correction issued by the editors read: “An incorrect image was inadvertently included in the cover collage of the infomercial in Uttar Pradesh produced by the newspaper’s marketing department. The error is deeply regretted and the image has been removed from all digital editions of the newspaper. ”