US troops, not Indian soldiers featured on BJP promotional posters in Varanasi

The BJP has indirectly kept Uri terror attack in public discourse but it seems odd that Indian soldiers were not put on the posters.

Written by Kanishka Singh | Updated: October 25, 2016 2:12 pm
BJP's poster in Varanasi showing iconic photo that was taken 10 years ago in Wynot, Iraq., 320th Field Artillery Regiment. BJP’s poster in Varanasi showing iconic photo belonging to US Army soldiers of 320th Field Artillery Regiment. that was taken 10 years ago in Wynot, Iraq.

Soldiers have again made an appearance on the Bharatiya Janata Party’s promotional posters ahead of the crucial 2017 election. A new poster of the BJP released in Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh boasted a silhouetted image of soldiers from 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Screaming Eagles of the US armed forces. The image has also famously appeared as a banner by the famed TV war series Band of Brothers. Notably, the BJP has indirectly kept the Uri terror attack in public discourse but it seems odd that Indian soldiers were not put on the posters, even if the Army’s responding surgical strikes operations are being projected as an achievement by the party.

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The image printed in the poster was apparently clicked in Iraq during American military operations and has no link to Indian armed forces. The poster which appeared in Mahanagar, Varanasi was put up apparently to welcome Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his Lok Sabha constituency, ahead of the Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections in 2017. The poster features PM Modi, BJP chief Amit Shah and several local BJP leaders like Pradeep Agrahari, Naveen Kapoor and Maneesh Kapoor.

iraq-soldier-759 The original photograph that was taken 10 years ago.

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This poster comes after ‘Avengers of Uri’ posters were seen in Lucknow this month when PM Modi delivered his Dussehra address while also launching the party’s election campaign in the poll-bound state. The Uri attack and surgical strikes carried out subsequently have been used extensively by political outfits in the recent weeks and the BJP’s posters follow in the same line. If not commissioned by the leaders, it was a faux pas seemingly by the party workers trying to impress the PM. Interestingly, the soldiers pictured on the posters are not even Indian to begin with but maybe just put for dramatic effect.

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  1. D
    Oct 25, 2016 at 7:03 am
    Listen you Indians you need Americans and Israel on your side under bloody Congress Indian army's are not well equipped with modern wear and arms because that was Neru policy to keep you Indians backward and his daughter Indra's family make money remembere why lots of Indians went abroad and done well.So wake up get rid of Congress,Kejriwal,Lalu and his clowns and Mamata
  2. O
    Oct 24, 2016 at 4:36 pm
    Hahahalt;br/gt;Bloody election stunt
    1. S
      Oct 24, 2016 at 12:50 pm
      Dumb bhakts. Their brain is full of 💩💩💩💩💩 Only . Useless people 😆😆😆😆😆
      1. S
        Oct 25, 2016 at 4:57 am
        American soldiers never knew their true potential till we use them in our posters - manohar parrikar. 😆😆😆😆😆
        1. T
          Oct 24, 2016 at 10:50 am
          Honorable PM, jobs are decreasing, no 15 lakhs.....what dont you shut your mouth?
        2. A
          Oct 24, 2016 at 10:45 am
          Rahul was correct DALAL. ..anybody doubt ???
          1. S
            Oct 24, 2016 at 10:14 am
            What a JOKE..............and they taking sympathy who have led their lives..........
            1. A
              Anil Choudhary
              Oct 25, 2016 at 1:18 am
              Now who can say this MC newspaper and g--आ--ndu journo that the image was just meant for Representational purpose . lt;br/gt;This MC express newspaper has already lost its minds and meant for all propaa works . lt;br/gt;Liar news paper with nonsense;br/gt;BTW there is no need to put army pics in political rally but making satires by this हraमी न्यूज़ पेपर is way behind the mockery of out army that we ain't gonna tolerate. Jai hind
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