To Target PM Modi on Ganga, Congress uses 2009 photo of Ganga river
Brief Outline: With an atrocious completion rate, PM Modi has focused on lip service rather than getting anything done on cleaning the Ganga. #MaaGangaSeDhoka.
Facts Check: Fake
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प्रधानमंत्री की कुर्सी हाथ आते ही माँ गंगा के स्व-घोषित बेटे ने गंगा सफाई से मुँह मोड़ लिया। माँ गंगा से जुड़ी परियोजनाओं ने दम तोड़ दिया और जुमलेबाज बेटे की धोखेबाजी अभी भी लगातार जारी है।#MaaGangaSeDhoka pic.twitter.com/6cdCGrRIug
Facts Check Analysis: The Congress has yet another frontal attack on the BJP as the 2019 general elections are near. A well known poll plank by the ruling BJP party in the 2014 was the cleaning of the Ganga river.
However the photo used by the Congress on the twitter is quite old and much older than 2014. After using the Google reverse image search, the picture dates back to 2009 and 2010.
A image posted by the site zalul.wordpress.com, dates back the image to June 4, 2009. This image has been widely used by many other websites and forums as well.
Getty images have as well put these images and mentioned Indian scavengers look for coins and other, Indian scavengers look for coins and other valuable items from among the offerings of devotees in the Ganges at Varanasi on April 5, 2009.
More than 400 million people live along the Ganges River. An estimated 2,000,000 persons ritually bathe daily in the river, which is considered holy by Hindus. In the Hindu religion it is said to flow from the lotus feet of Vishnu (for Vaisnava devotees) or the hair of Shiva (for Saivites). While the Ganges may be considered holy, there are some problems associated with the ecology. It is filled with chemical wastes, sewage and even the remains of human and animal corpses which carry major health risks by either direct bathing in the water (e.g.: Bilharziasis infection), or by drinking (the Fecal-oral route). AFP PHOTO/Prakash SINGH (Photo credit should read PRAKASH SINGH/AFP/Getty Images)