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BJP’s Priti Gandhi shared a photo of garbage river from Philippines as the photo of Mumbai’s Mithi river

Written by Md Mahfooz Alam

Priti Gandhi, a BJP Karyakarta on June 26, posted two photos on Twitter comparing the work being done in the states of Gujarat and Maharasthra. Through the tweet, she wanted to portray that the BJP government of Gujarat is doing better work than the Maha Vikas Aghadi led by Shiv Sena in Maharashtra. Along with the photo she also claimed that the fund spent by the Gujarat state is Rs. 1400 crores and by the BMC & MMRDA of Maharashtra is more than Rs. 1000 crores.

The caption along with the post reads: 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) #TaleOfTwoCities #ModiHaiToMumkinHai”. (Archive)

Several other users also tweeted the same. The archive links to the post can be found here and here.

FactO Check:

We reverse searched both the photos and found the second photo is not from the Maharasthra. The reverse search result led us to the website by the name Everypixel and according to the website the photo is from Manila, Philippines. The photo is sourced from Shutterstock.

(Photo Source: Everypixel/Screenshot)

We also checked the photo on the website of Shutterstock, the editorial credit is given to Antonio V. Oquias and the caption along with the photo reads: “A river of garbage prevents the flow of water on January 6, 2008, in Manila, Philippines. Poverty and garbage disposal are major issues in the Philippines.”

(Photo Source: Shutterstock/Screenshot)

Conclusion: The second photo is not of Mithi River as claimed by Ms Gandhi.

Note: We couldn’t verify the funds claimed by Ms. Gandhi, but the story will be updated as soon as we find any credible source about the funds.

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About the author

Md Mahfooz Alam

Mahfooz is a multimedia journalist and regularly writes fact-check stories for Facto News. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism and Mass Communication. He has worked as an intern fact-checker for The Quint. He specializes in research and fact-checking and aspires to do investigative reporting.

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