Criticised, Digvijaya Singh apologises for tweeting Pakistan bridge as Bhopal’s
AltNews, a website that cross-checks information posted on Twitter, pointed out to Singh that it was an old image of a damaged metro pillar in Rawalpindi, Pakistan.Updated: Jun 11, 2018 11:48 IST
Congress leader Digvijaya Singh on Monday apologised for tweeting a picture of a bridge in Pakistan and claiming it to be a railway bridge in Bhopal.
AltNews, a website that cross-checks information posted on Twitter, pointed out to Singh that it was an old image of a damaged metro pillar in Rawalpindi, Pakistan that had been used on social media multiple times, with different locations mentioned.
“My apologies. One of my friend sent it to me. My fault I didn’t check up (sic),” tweeted Singh, replying to AltNews.
He had earlier posted the picture and questioned the quality of the overbridge at Subhash Nagar Railway Gate at Bhopal.
“Ek Bhajpa neta ke margdarshan me nirman ho raha hai, fir yah sab kyon aur kaise? Varanasi ki durghtna yehan bhi na ho jaaye (Construction is going on under the guidance of a BJP leader. Then why all this and how? Hope Varanasi-like mishap doesn’t occur here too),” he had said along with the picture.
Several Twitter users pointed out the mistake and criticised Singh. One Harish Jharia said, “That’s not a crack. It’s morphed dislocated piece of an RCC pillar. Such defects are not possible in modern structural process followed by builders @digvijaya_28 ji, don’t spread false rumours.”
BJP dared him to prove that the picture pertains to the railway over bridge in Bhopal or tender an apology to people.
State BJP spokesperson Rajneesh Agrawal said Digvijaya, whose regime saw “backwardness” of Madhya Pradesh, was now defaming the state. “If you have courage, then visit the site and point out the cracks or tender immediate apology,” Agrawal said.
(With agency inputs)