Congress President Rahul Gandhi has yet again invited mockery on social media and by the BJP. This time he mixed up the public-owned Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) with Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL), a part-time member of the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI).
While reportedly alleging that the BJP-led Chhattisgarh government was involved in a scam, Rahul questioned why the state government did not buy cellphones for its scheme from public-sector undertaking BHEL.
In a video clip tweeted by BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra, Rahul, while addressing a rally in Chhattisgarh on Friday, can be purportedly heard saying there was a scam in Chhattisgarh government’s cellphone distribution scheme as they were not being bought from BHEL.
“Why were these mobile phones not brought from the BHEL. Explain it to us, why did they not buy it from BHEL. You should understand, on one side is the Rafale scam, and this side is a cellphone scam,” Rahul Gandhi purportedly said.
Mocking Rahul over the gaffe, Patra wrote along with the video: “This is the understanding of a Politician who wants to be our PM ?? An extremely “Electrifying” speech ..feeling “Heavy” after hearing it ..indeed “Bharat” has “Limited” edition of such Matured Politicians!!”
Not only BJP, the Congress was also trolled by Twitterati for the mix-up.
Chhattisgarh government, headed by Chief Minister Raman Singh, has launched ‘Sanchar Kranti Yojna’ under which free smartphones will be distributed to 50 lakh people in the state. The scheme was launched by President Ram Nath Kovind on July 26 in Raipur.
BHEL, a public service undertaking, is an integrated power plant manufacturer. BHEL does not manufacture mobile phones. Instead, it is engaged in the design, engineering, manufacture, construction, testing, commissioning and servicing of a wide range of products and services for core sectors of the economy, viz. Power, Transmission, Industry, Transportation (Railways), Renewable Energy, Oil & Gas, Water and Defence with over 180 products offerings to meet the needs of these sectors, its website says.
This is not the first Rahul Gandhi has led to a social media storm with his goof-ups. In June this year, Rahul had said that founder of Coca-Cola started by selling “shikanji” or lemonade and McDonalds was born from a dhaba.
“Who started Coca-Cola company? Do you know? I will tell you who,” the Congress president said as he addressed his party’s convention for backward castes at an indoor stadium.
“Coca-Cola wala America mein shikanji bechta tha (The man who started Coca Cola sold shikanji in the US). He sold sugar mixed in water. His skill was recognised and rewarded,” he said.