Bharatiya Janata Party spoke person Sambit Patra, who is contesting Lok Sabha elections from the temple town of Puri in Odisha, is receiving heavy flak for posting a video on his Twitter handle. In the video, Patra can be seen eating a food with a family in a village. But in the right-hand corner of the video, a woman is sitting and cooking the meal that is served, on a wood-fire and earthen oven.
‘This is my own house, my mom fed me her hand-cooked food. I, too fed her with my own hands.. and I believe service to humanity is service to God,” he said the video captioned in Oriya.
After the video was posted, Patra came under the radar of Twitteratis and they started criticising him and his government for not providing cooking gas connections under Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Ujjwala Yojana scheme to the family.
पुरी के एक छोटे से गांव में में रहने वाली एक बूढ़ी विधवा माँ, उसकी तीन बेटियां जिनमें 2 दिव्यांग व बेटा मजदूरी करता है। ऐसी माँ का घर बनाने का काम श्री @narendramodi जी ने किया है। [1/2]@BJP4Odisha #PhirEkBaarModiSarkar pic.twitter.com/zhAzafVjbr
— Chowkidar Sambit Patra (@sambitswaraj) March 31, 2019
The Ujjwala Yojana scheme, launched in 2016, promises to provide free cooking gas connections to rural women in Below Poverty Line households. The government had cited the scheme as one of its key successes.
Celebrating success of Ujwala yojana?
— भारत परभाणे (@parbhane) 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
DNA me hi dikhava hai. BTW Ujjwala scheme ka kitna achcha prachar ho raha hai.
— Jagrook Matdata Satish (@satish2902) March 31, 2019
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
Ges silandar kha he
— Hitesh Machhi (@HiteshM25917833) March 31, 2019