BJP leaders share 12-year-old photo and claim Delhi govt is ignoring ‘water crisis’

The photograph was originally clicked by a Reuters photographer in 2009 in Delhi's Sanjay Colony during Congress CM Shiela Dikshit's tenure.

The 2009 photo shared by BJP leaders | Twitter

New Delhi: BJP leader Vijay Goel has shared an image of people surrounding a water tank in Delhi, and accused the ruling Aam Aadmi Party of ignoring a water crisis in the national capital.

The photo shows a massive group of people swarming around a water tanker in Delhi. On Saturday, Goel tweeted the image and asked Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal to act on the water crisis in Delhi.

The tweet was retweeted over 800 times and was shared by Surat BJP MLA Harsh Sanghavi, BJP Gujarat IT cell members Nikhil Patel and Tarun J. Barot, and several other BJP leaders.

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The photograph, however, is from 2009 when residents of Sanjay Colony crowded around a Delhi Jal Board water tanker during late CM Sheila Dikshit’s tenure.

It was clicked by photographer Adnan Abidi, for international news agency Reuters.

The AAP also hit back at Goel and replied to his tweet by sharing a screenshot of the original 2009 article, which carried the photograph.

“Vijay Goel Ji, Are you nostalgic that you’re sharing photos from 2009, or was it a deliberate attempt to defame Kejriwal Govt?” AAP’s official account said.

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