Fact Check: Pictures Of Dilapidated School Buildings From BJP Tenure Falsely Linked To SP

Ahead of the upcoming Uttar Pradesh elections, a graphic, purportedly showing condition of schools in Uttar Pradesh under SP’s and BJP’s rules is going viral on social media.

In one image, one can see overflowing school compounds whereas the other picture shows a well-maintained room with science experiments on exhibition.

Here’s the link to the above post.

The image was originally shared by BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra (archive) on Twitter on January 4, 2022.

FACT CHECK 

NewsMobile fact-checked the post and found it to be false.

We checked all the images individually and found the following;

Image 1

A simple Reverse Image Search on the image led us to an article by Amar Ujala dated January 7, 2021.

The report mentioned that the picture is of a school in Jafarpur village in Uttar Pradesh. “The dilapidated building of the school in Jafarpur village. – Photo : MUZAFFARNAGAR, ” the image caption read.

Thus, it is clear that the picture is NOT from 2017.

Image 2

In the second image, the date ‘2018-8-8’ was mentioned at the bottom right corner of the image.

Taking a hint from this, we ran a search and found the image on the website Uttar Pradesh.org. The article was published in 2018.

The image was shared with the caption: “Copyright @ UttarPradesh.ORG प्राथमिक विद्यालय में भरा पानी, बच्चो सहित शिक्षकों को हो रही मुश्किलें.” (English: Primary school filled with water, teachers including children are facing difficulties).

Thus, it is clear that the above picture was taken in 2018 and NOT before 2017.

Image 3

We found the third image in an article by ‘newsaddaa‘ dated December 17, 2020. The report mentioned that the image is of a primary school in Sukrauli, Kushinagar, which was closed for the entire day due to the absence of the teacher.

Thus, we can conclude that even the third picture was taken after Yogi Adityanath was voted to power.

We then went on the verify the pictures which were used under the ‘BJP rule’ in the graphic and found the same images in a Twitter thread by a user named Aryan Mishra.

Mishra shared the pictures on December 30, 2021, mentioning that the pictures are of a ‘govt school of District Bulandshahr in Uttar Pradesh’.

We ran a search and also found a report by Lallantop UP about one such astronomy lab in Bulandshahr. The report mentioned that astronomy labs are being set up at all the primary schools in Bulandshahr.

Thus, from the above information, it is clear that all the images used in the viral graphic were taken after 2017 when BJP was in power. Hence the claim is false.

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