At a rally on Tuesday, 23 April, Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray brought an entire family on the stage, revealing that their photo had been used by the BJP to further their propaganda without the family’s knowledge.
Addressing a huge rally in Maharashtra, Thackeray invited the family on stage before asking the crowd to look at a large screen, which displayed the screenshot of a BJP Facebook page.
The page in question was a post by a Facebook page called ‘Modi For New India’. The post was a photo of a family, with a photo of PM Modi alongside, captioned, “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.”
The photo also claimed, “7.5 crore people were brought out of poverty in the last three years.” The post implies that the family was one of the beneficiaries of a poverty reduction scheme during Modi’s tenure.
Thackeray revealed that the family had no idea that their photo, which the leader said they had posted on Facebook, had been picked up and used by the BJP's IT cell to push the success of their poverty reduction scheme.
“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 said, addressing the crowd.
Thackeray was appreciated on social media for his revelation, with many patting him on the back for revealing one of the BJP’s ‘lies’.
Raj Thackeray brings an entire family on stage whose photos have been used by BJP to propagate their message of reducing poverty... that family had no clue their photo was being used.... v v embarrassing for the BJP.. crowd erupts.. https://t.co/MIREUWkaQC— arun giri (@arungiri) April 23, 2019
Have to give it up for Raj Thackeray. He destroyed the lies of BJP IT wing by bringing on stage the family whose personal photo was misused by BJP IT cell for promoting fake propaganda. @SwetaSinghAT Look and enjoy pic.twitter.com/fYhfmwhGEP— Indian By Choice (@jamalsanmustafa) April 24, 2019
What a guy! @RajThackeray gets an entire family on stage used in BJP propaganda of poverty reduction!— Shivam Shankar Singh (@ShivamShankarS) April 23, 2019
They have zero good things to say on how Modi ji reduced their poverty! Image used without them even knowing about it!! pic.twitter.com/dl6ZAWtaLd
Godi Media should be ashamed of @RajThackeray ‘s excellent investigative work. This is basically media’s job. Because they are scared of doing it, Raj is doing it. कुछ शर्म करो मिडीयावालो!— nikhil wagle (@waglenikhil) April 23, 2019
Raj Thackeray brought on stage the family, whose Facebook family photo was used by the BJP IT cell, for a false "Narendra M with the poor" campaign, without their knowledge and permission and who don't look "poor" by any standards ! What a sham this government is! @RajThackeray— Vijaylakshmi Nadar (@vijnad) April 23, 2019
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