This has been a bad week for Indian politicians. From making irresponsible comments about rape and lynchings to Nirmala Sitharaman's and Union Minister Ashwini Choubey's "insensitive" comments on the rising price of onions.
And now yet another politician, Bharatiya Janata Party's Balia MP Virendra Singh Mast has gone viral for his inane comment on the country's economic slowdown, especially in the auto sector.
In a bizarre comparison, Singh addressed the Lok Sabha and claimed criticising the slowdown in the auto sector was just another way to "defame" the government. He further tried to support his point by trying to draw a parallel between plummeting auto sales to traffic jams on the streets.
"To defame the nation and government people are saying that the automobile sector has slowed down. If there is a decline in automobile sales then why are there traffic jams on the roads?" Mast asked in Lok Sabha.
A video of the same was tweeted by news agency ANI. Twitter wasted no time in slamming the neta's ignorance.
They have forgotten that there’s a sizeable population for whom onion is a staple food- as in, in rural poor households, they eat roti with onion and salt.December 5, 2019
Dekh puri Road khali hai means Automobile sector hi khtm ho gya hai 😭 pic.twitter.com/duTqCZehRQ— Nikolas Tesla 2.0 (@Dr_Teslaa) December 5, 2019
Kya mast idea hai! (stolen from my friend) https://t.co/EQ9N0i06ea— Aunindyo Chakravarty #DesiDemocracy (@AunindyoC) December 5, 2019
One after the other, their remarks are hilarious.
So basically traffic jam is a proof there is no slowdown in auto sector.
Just like, the whole nation defecating means all are eating 😭https://t.co/stInlHCj6d— Sakshi Joshi (@sakshijoshii) December 5, 2019
Can someone please tell the minister that traffic jam is due to abysmal infrastructure? How do these people get elected in the first place?— महेश (@IamMahesh0903) December 5, 2019