Sambit Patra’s Uploads Video, But Did He Reveal BJP’s Scheme Failure?

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Vote Ke Liye Khud Ki Hi Pol Khol Di? Twitterati Troll Sambit Patra After He Uploaded His Video.
Vote Ke Liye Khud Ki Hi Pol Khol Di? Twitterati Troll Sambit Patra After He Uploaded His Video.

A video tweeted by the BJP’s Sambit Patra on Sunday raised questions and invited trolls, memes and jokes.

The video came under criticism as it Sambit eating food at a family’s house while a woman cooks in the background using a wood-fired oven. The BJP spokesperson is seen sharing a meal with the family, sitting cross-legged on the floor before a traditional banana leaf plate. But what caught the eyes of most was a glimpse of a woman sitting and cooking before an earthen, wood-burning stove.

His tweet in Oriya read: “This is my home, my mother fed me food cooked by her. I also fed her with my own hands. I know service to mankind is the biggest service to God”.

The video has raised questions about the success of Ujjwala Yojana, the scheme to provide free cooking gas connections to rural women of the Below Poverty Line households.

After the video caught the eye of social media, Twitterati were quick enough to brutally troll Sambit Patra

On Independence Day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said in view of speed at which connections are being disbursed, the programme’s goal has been scaled up to eight crore connections by 2020.

But with LPG cylinders costing an average of Rs. 800, there has been criticism that many BPL families are unable to afford a refill. Critics have questioned whether the government’s figures really reflect a permanent switch to clean fuel.

The government website shows data on how many families have received a cooking gas connection, but there is no data on refills.
The BJP spokesperson is contesting from the temple town of Puri in Odisha for the Lok Sabha elections. While campaigning in the constituency, Patra posted a video showing him visiting a family in the constituency.

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