MUMBAI: Shiv Sena corporator and BMC health panel chairman Amey Ghole has come under fire on Twitter for posting a photo of a marine ambulance belonging to an English Channel island and claiming that it was the state government’s service from Mandwa jetty to the Gateway of India.
On Sunday, Ghole, a close aide of minister Aaditya Thackeray had tweeted: “A Very unique and nice initiative by Maharashtra Govt. introducing Boat Ambulance from Mandava Jetty to Gate Way of India, Thank You @CMOMaharashtra !!!” along with the picture. His tweet was shared by Sena’s RS MP Priyanka Chaturvedi, who said it was a “good intervention and initiative”. However, a fact check showed the photo was that of the marine ambulance, Flying Christine III, in Guernsey near the French coast, resulting in Ghole being trolled.
‘I’ve learnt a lesson, will be cautious now’
Ghole told TOI that he had posted the picture for representation purposes, so should have mentioned it in his tweet. “I have learnt a lesson. Henceforth, I will proceed with caution while using pictures on social media,” Ghole, who has been hospitalised for the last 22 days after testing positive for Covid-19, said. In further defence of himself, he pointed out that images of Rafale jets had been used by several people on social media before they had arrived in India. “Opposition members are not able to digest the fact that a good initiative is being launched. They are making an issue on social media. I did not state in my tweet that the ambulance shown in the picture has been launched,” he said.
Aditi Tatkare, minister of state for tourism and industries, has announced that the tender process for the boat ambulance has been cleared. “The state will soon launch the boat ambulance-cum-mobile medical unit on a pilot basis,” she said.