This week, an influencer from Kolkata made headlines for illegally parking his car on the Maa Flyover in Kolkata to film a dance video. Sandy Saha, a well-known influencer, posted a video of himself dancing on the flyover in response to an incident in which an alleged image of the Kolkata flyover appeared in a UP government advertisement.
Action taken by police
The owner of the car and the driver have been summoned to appear at the Kolkata Police headquarters following the incident, which was reported to the police on Tuesday. The driver paid a fine and had his driving license temporarily suspended.
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He went to Facebook and posted a video of himself dancing in the pouring rain on the Maa Flyover. Shool’s song Main Aai Hoon UP Bihar Lootne, from 1999, is playing in the background as he moves his hips.
Sandy Saha’s video has received over 1.4 million views and numerous comments since it was posted online.
Trouble for the influencer
There is now legal trouble for both driver and car owner as the Kolkata Police has initiated a case and sent a notice to the latter on Tuesday morning. After reviewing the CCTV footage from the flyover and Sandy Saha’s social media video, the traffic control room in Lalbazar was able to identify the owner of the vehicle.
After an alleged image of the Kolkata flyover appeared in an Uttar Pradesh government advertisement projecting the state’s economic progress under Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, the Maa Flyover has been the subject of controversy ever since.
To project the state’s economic progress under Yogi Adityanath, the Uttar Pradesh government used an image of a Kolkata flyover in an advertisement. The Trinamool Congress strongly objected to this use.
The advertisement, titled ‘Transforming Uttar Pradesh under Yogi Adityanath,’ featured a picture of the Maa Flyover painted in blue-and-white colors associated with the TMC government, along with high-rises and industries juxtaposed beneath a cut-out of Yogi Adityanath.
“Before 2017, UP was not taken seriously about investment, but in his four-and-a-half-year rule, that negative perception has been broken and in 2020, it has emerged as the second-largest economy in the country,” the message in the advertisement read.
The Indian Express, which had carried the advertisement, issued a corrigendum saying, “A wrong image was inadvertently included in the cover collage of the advertorial on Uttar Pradesh produced by the marketing department of the newspaper. The error is deeply regretted and the image has been removed in all digital editions of the paper.”
“Transforming UP for @myogiadityanath means stealing images from infrastructure seen in Bengal under @MamataOfficial’s leadership and using them as his own! Looks like the ‘DOUBLE ENGINE MODEL’ has MISERABLY FAILED in BJP’s strongest state and now stands EXPOSED for all!” TMC national general secretary Abhishek Banerjee tweeted.
“Mr.@narendramodi is so helpless to save his party that other than changing CMs, he has also had to resort to using pictures of growth & infrastructure seen under @MamataOfficial’s leadership, as his own. #BengalModel > #BJPRuledStatesModel Mr. Modi?” Mukul Roy, who has returned to the TMC after winning a West Bengal assembly seat on a BJP ticket, tweeted.
State Transport Minister Firhad Hakim said, “By posting the image of our pride Maa flyover of Kolkata as one built-in Uttar Pradesh, the BJP government in the northern state has touched a new low of falsehood. It also indirectly admitted the spree of development under the rule of Mamata Banerjee in West Bengal and tried to appropriate it as its own.”