To clarify the doubts however we have posted the original picture for people to see,” said Ankit Lal, a member of AAP who is responsible for handling the party’s website.
The clarification however was posted only on Lal’s personal twitter handle and not on the party’s official handle or website. “We did not see the need for making clarifications on the official page to satisfy the ignorance of selective people,” added Lal.
Though the picture attracted anger and accusations initially but now this “honest mistake” has become the butt of jokes for social media enthusiasts. Within minutes of the mistake being pointed out in social media websites jokes and memes started doing the rounds.
AAP demonstrating their patriotism to Italy (Italian flag- green, white and red is the tricolour on their cover page) pic.twitter.com/Pu19gkocZt— Babu Bhaiya (@Shahrcasm) August 9, 2014
AAP demonstrating their patriotism to Italy (Italian flag- green, white and red is the tricolour on their cover page) pic.twitter.com/Pu19gkocZt
“AAP celebrates the Indian Independence Day with an Italian flag. Is this another vote winning strategy?” read one post. While another one read, “(AAP) tried to be creative with the Indian flag and created the Italian flag.”
The resemblance to nothing else but the Italian flag added to the humour quotient in many posts. Though the party stuck to its stand of it being a software error the picture was immediately removed from the website.