Viral photo of plastic-choked Mithi river in Mumbai is fake, is a 2008 image from Manila

The image was shared by BJP leader Priti Gandhi, along with the photo of Sabarmati Riverfront, with the hashtags #TaleOfTwoCities and #ModiHaiToMumkinHai.

BJP leader Priti Gandhi tweeted a 2008 image from Manila claiming it is Mithi river in Mumbai | Twitter | @MrsGandhi

New Delhi: BJP leader Priti Gandhi posted two images on Twitter. The first image shows a clean and beautified Sabarmati Riverfront in Ahmedabad, whereas the second one, allegedly from Mithi river in Mumbai, shows garbage and plastic strewn all over the place.

“Pic 1 – Sabaramati Riverfront, Ahmedabad, Gujarat (Fund spent by Gujarat State: ₹1400 crores). Pic 2 – Mithi River, Mumbai, Maharashtra (Funds spent by BMC & MMRDA: ₹1000+ crores),” Gandhi tweeted with the hashtags #TaleOfTwoCities and #ModiHaiToMumkinHai.

The tweet, posted Sunday afternoon, has been retweeted over 1,000 times and has more than 2,400 likes.

Apart from Gandhi, the images were also shared by several other social media users on Twitter on Facebook.

 

Fact Check

The second image of plastic-choked Mithi river is fake. It is a 2008 photo from Manila, Philippines.

This is not the first time that Gandhi has been found sharing fake news. In May this year, the Kolkata Police registered a case against her for allegedly posting fake videos of the post-poll violence in West Bengal. In November last year, she tweeted a video claiming Sikhs raised pro-Khalistan slogans at the farmers’ protests. The video was actually from a 2019 World Cup match.

(In collaboration with SM Hoaxslayer)


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