Aaditya aide 'passes off' British marine ambulance as BMC's

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MUMBAI: Shiv Sena corporator and BMC health committee 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

Maharashtra 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 photograph. His tweet was shared by Sena Rajya Sabha MP

Priyanka Chaturvedi

, who said it was a “good intervention and initiative”. Soon, he was trolled after a fact check showed that the photograph was that of the marine ambulance Flying Christine III in Guernsey, one of the English Channel islands near the French coast.
But Ghole told TOI that he had posted the picture for representation purposes and should have mentioned it in his tweet. “I have learnt a lesson. Henceforth, I will proceed with caution while using pictures on social media,” said Ghole, who has been admitted in hospital since the last 22 days after he tested positive for Covid-19. He also pointed out that images of Rafale jets were used by many on social media before they arrived in India.
Ghole, a close aide of minister and Yuva Sena chief Aaditya Thackeray, added, “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. Many have also appreciated this initiative.”
Aditi Tatkare, minister of state for tourism and industries, had earlier announced that the tender process for the boat ambulance has been cleared. “The government will soon launch the boat ambulance-cum-mobile medical unit on a pilot basis. This initiative will help patients reach Mumbai faster for further treatment,” Tatkare said.

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