Sambit Patra Mislead the Country Ahead of 2022 Uttar Pradesh Elections

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Ahead of the upcoming 2022 Uttar Pradesh elections, Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) national spokesperson Sambit Patra shared two sets of images – before and after 2017 (UP elections) – to compare the state of schools in the state.

Three images (No 1,2,3) claims that before 2017 when the Samajwadi Party (SP) was in power shows schools in a neglected condition and othr three images (No 4,5,6) claims after 2017 when the BJP government led by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath came to power, students in seems like a workshop.

However, DNI found that three images (before 2017 during SP rule) were from Adityanath’s rule. All the schools were from different districts of UP that showed schools shut down or flooded.

CLAIM

The images was shared by Sambit Patra on 4 January with the caption “The difference is clear.”

The images was also shared along with the same claim by other verified handles on Twitter such as BJP Delhi spokesperson Naveen Kumar Jindal, BJP’s vice-president for Madhya Pradesh Jitu Jirati.

WHAT DNI FOUND

DNI found that three images in the collage of ‘before 2017’ are from the time of CM Adityanath’s rule. Let’s take a look at the images one-by-one.

IMAGE 1

A Google reverse image serach result led us to a news website named ‘Newsaddaa’ which had published the report on 17 December 2020.

The report read that in Sukrauli in Kushinagar district of Uttar Pradesh, schools were locked as teachers were not present, adding that the Block Education Officer (BEO) had warned absentee teachers of deducting their salaries.

IMAGE 2

DNI conducted a Google reverse image search and found the story on the website of a Uttar-Pradesh based news portal named ‘Uttar Pradesh.org’.

The article in Hindi titled ‘चित्रकूट: प्राथमिक विद्यालय में भरा पानी, बच्चो सहित शिक्षकों को हो रही मुश्किलें’ (Translation: Chitrakoot: Floodwater inside primary school, kids and teachers are facing difficulties) was published in 2018.

IMAGE 3

DNI conducted a Google reverse image search on the photo and this led us to an article on the website of Hindi newspaper Amar Ujala published on 7 January 2021.

DNI found the photo in that article and the caption, originally in Hindi, translated to ‘in Jaffarpur village, one school building in a neglected state’.

IMAGE 4,5,6

In the other set of three images (No 4,4,6)  with the title ‘after 2017 during Yogi’s government’, we found the images in a Twitter thread of one user named Aryan Mishra and his bio read that he is an ‘amateur astronomer’.

In the post from 30 December 2021, he wrote that the science lab was set in a government school in Bulandshahr district of Uttar Pradesh.

Evidently, BJP’s Sambit Patra shared images of CM Adityanath’s tenure to falsely claim that is shows the neglected condition of schools when SP was in power.

DNI Excusive by Tanmoy

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