Union Minister Arjun Ram Meghwal drew all-round flak on Friday after he was seen selling a model of papad, or poppadom, and claiming that it has all of the substances that might help create antibodies to fight the raging coronavirus illness (Covid-19) outbreak.
In the video, Meghwal, who’s the minister of state (MoS) for water sources, river improvement and Ganga rejuvenation and Parliamentary Affairs and in addition the sitting Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Member of Parliament (MP) from Bikaner, Rajasthan, is seen selling a packet of ‘Bhabhiji’ model of poppadam.
A video of the launch surfaced on Friday and shortly went viral on social media.
“My fellow countrymen, under the Atma Nirbhar Bharat campaign, a papad manufacturer has brought out a brand named Bhabhiji that helps in developing antibodies needed to fight Covid-19. This papad will be helpful in our fight against the viral outbreak,” the minister will be heard saying within the video clip.
A minister placing out rumour data on social media evoked each sturdy and bemused reactions from the general public and in addition his political rivals.
“Fight against Covid-19 update: US govt: We are developing a vaccine. UK govt: We are in stage-III of clinical trials. Indian govt: Ye lo Bhabhiji papad. It will help fight corona,” one particular person tweeted.
Another particular person tweeted that it appeared the federal government has discovered a substitute for the Covid-19 vaccine. “Why spend millions of dollars on vaccine development, when you can sit at home and eat papad to protect yourself from Covid-19? Post-script: The joke is on us 1.3 billion Indians.”
Political opponents and the critics of the Narendra Modi-led authorities, too, seized on the chance and took a dig on the minister’s weird claims.
Lawyer Prashant Bhushan tweeted: “Union Minister Arjun Ram Meghwal has launched a papad brand amid the Covid-19 pandemic claiming it contains some ingredients that will help develop antibodies against the novel coronavirus disease. Ministers, (Baba) Ramdev all trying to profit from Covid-19 by peddling bogus cures.”
The Indian Youth Congress (IYC) additionally hit out on the minister.
“Breaking News: Corona vaccine invented. Union Minister Arjun Ram Meghwal has launched a brand of papad, says, ‘it can help develop antibodies against Covid-19’,” the IYC tweeted.