Tahlka News Bureau
Hyderabad: Hyderabad mayor Bonthu Rammohan shred a post on social networking sites, Facebook and Twitter praising the efforts of Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation's efforts to make the "clean an green" again, eventually landed him into embarrassment on Saturday.
Rammohan posted a before and after image showing one of the garbage strewn street turning into a much cleaner place.
The pictures were taken on May 8 were apparently posted to show the seriousness with which the civic body was implementing Prime Minister Narendra Modi's pet Swach Bharat Abhyan.
However, somebody took a closer look of the "after" image and found it was simply a mastered Photoshoped version of the first one. The garbage and dirt were removed with a stroke of the computer mouse, the old school civic body staffers style – failed to crop three people pottering around in the background. The result's were preposterous.
The odds somehow managed their way throughout a week, before it went viral on Saturday.
Took the initiative of trolling the mayor, targeting him with sarcastic jibes. "Great work by Bonthu Rammohan, Mayor, Hyderabad," commented one of them. "And kudos to the 3 people who passed for Swachbharatabhiyan for as long as it got whipped."
Another commented on the 'patience' of the pedestrians caught in the frame.
The mayor soon realized that he was not being praised in all seniority, and the post was taken down.
Hyderabad was declared the most cleanest metropolitan city in the recent Swachh Survekshan – 2017 list stumping Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata, Bengaluru and New Delhi in the process.
The mayor office responded to the comments of netizens on social media without "understanding the spirit of the post".
"The mayor wanted o say that the civic body will try to implement innovative and effective ways to clear garbage, in which case the street will look like what this photos shows. He did not say even once that we have done anything like this in the city."
But it didn't stopped the trolls.
— John (@JohnBhrn) May 12, 2017