Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) spokesperson Sambit Patra, who is contesting from Puri, Odisha, in the ongoing Lok Sabha elections, helped create a wave of criticism against Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Ujjwala programme, under which the Union government claims to have provided over 51 million—51,407,565 at last official count—free cooking gas connections, distributed in standard-sized cylinders familiar to most people in India.
Patra had tweeted a video of himself eating food at a rural home, while an older woman, in the background, cooked on a chulha, a traditional earthen hearth that uses firewood or other natural combustibles.
Twitter users used the video to point out that the government had failed to deliver a cooking gas connection to the woman. Read More
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