Dr. Mehak Jonjua, OPINIONMAKERS@The Hush Post: While the Congress party’s social media managers are working overtime to make things easier for Rahul Gandhi to get a step closer to being the Indian National Congress president in the days to come, the Gandhi, who recently coined the term Gabbar Singh Tax for GST, himself made a ‘Gabbar’ of a mistake in his tweet. In his latest tweet on Tuesday, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi highlighted the staggering price rise of basic commodities like cooking gas, vegetables and fuel during the reign of Narendra Modi government since 2014 and blamed Modi for it. Gandhi said that the cost of one cylinder had gone up from Rs 414 in 2014 to Rs 742 in 2017. But he made an awkward mathematical faux pas by saying there had been an increase of 179 per cent, instead of 79. He did not stop at that. Gandhi followed it up by presenting the rise in price of pulses by 177 per cent instead of 77 per cent, that of tomatoes by 285 per cent instead of 185 per cent, onions by 200 per cent instead of 100 per cent, milk by 131 per cent instead of 31 per cent and the price of diesel went up by 113 per cent instead of 13 per cent.
The Congress vice-president was not only slammed by BJP leaders but trolled on social media as well. After realising his mistake, he accepted it on a social platform. Taking a dig at Narendra Modi, the tweet read “For all my BJP friends: “Unlike Narendrabhai, I am human. We do make the odd mistake and that’s what makes life interesting. Thanks for pointing it out and please do keep it coming, it really helps me improve. Love you all”. This public apology gained him huge appreciation.
The forty-seven-year-old scion of the Congress party is active on twitter with 3.8 million followers, however, far behind the Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi.