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
Leaving aside that this lady is cooking on a “choolah” & hence showcasing the sham Ujjwala Yojana is,
I find it so weird when RICH people go to poor ppl’s house & eat their food for photo ops to look oh-so-humble.
Eating food from those who barely have any! That’s their reality. https://t.co/9E4ICIgEUT
— Zainab Sikander (@zainabsikander) March 31, 2019
DNA me hi dikhava hai. BTW Ujjwala scheme ka kitna achcha prachar ho raha hai.
— Jagrook Matdata Satish (@satish2902) March 31, 2019
More than the failure of the Ujjwala Yojana, I am cringing at the way he’s touching the women. I hope it’s with their consent. https://t.co/qTstEXLJYI
— Ridhima Shukla (@RidhimaShukla7) March 31, 2019
Weren’t we told that Ujjwala Yojana was a smashing success and that mothers and sisters of poorest of poor have got gas cylinders at their homes?
Can’t spot a gas cylinder here atleast.
— Prashant Kumar (@scribe_prashant) March 31, 2019
Ujwal yojna me sabhi ko gass ka connection hua h tab ye garib ghar me chulhe se q khana pak raha h patra G.
— Asif Sheikkhh (@asif_sheikkhh) March 31, 2019
Celebrating success of Ujwala yojana?
— भारत परभाणे (@parbhane) March 31, 2019
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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