A picture of a billboard that reads, “Nothing in this country is free. If you are getting something without paying for it, thank a taxpayer. Not to Kejriwal” was shared by BJP MP Paresh Rawal amid the ongoing assembly elections. His tweet drew over 16,000 likes.
— Paresh Rawal (@SirPareshRawal) February 23, 2022
The image is massively widespread on Facebook.
Last year, the same image was tweeted by BJP member Surendra Poonia.
Absolutely True !
Salute to Every Taxpayer 🙏❤️
Jai Hind 🇮🇳 pic.twitter.com/Nu0bkWGAAp
— Major Surendra Poonia (@MajorPoonia) July 29, 2021
Twitter user @ExSecular had also shared the image.
If you are getting anything for free thank a taxpayer not kejriwal pic.twitter.com/ug8WUwB9I6
— exsecular (@ExSecular) July 24, 2021
The image was also circulating in March 2021. It is noteworthy that the Delhi CM has provided certain services to the public free of charge, including free bus travel for women, free water supply up to 20,000 litres and free treatment at the Mohalla Clinics.
Several users shared the image back in 2020 as well, including Times Now Navbharat journalist Shweta Bhattacharya.
Such a Brilliant Hoarding! Respect a Tax Payer. pic.twitter.com/FjJh9vgEtj
— Shweta Bhattacharya (@spbhattacharya) November 8, 2020
The year before, it was tweeted by BJP supporter Renuka Jain.
Such a brilliant hoarding. Respect a tax payer pic.twitter.com/bRN7L1reRC
— #RenukaJain (@RenukaJain6) January 14, 2019
Alt News performed a search using the keywords ‘taxpayers billboard‘ and found the viral picture posted on a number of sites. It was shared in a June 2015 article by Yellow Hammer, an American media portal. The text on the image does not refer to Kejriwal or any other political party.
According to the article, the picture of the hoarding was first tweeted by the Alabama Free Market Alliance (AFMA) on June 5, 2015.
— AFMA (@ALFreeMarket) June 5, 2015
Therefore, an old picture of a billboard in the United States was edited and circulated on social media to target Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal.
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