“It’s too expensive” – A Union Minister’s touch upon the Rs 15 a bit corn cob being bought by a roadside vendor in Madhya Pradesh has drawn opposition ire. Faggan Singh Kulaste, was seen attempting to barter his method out of paying Rs 45 for 3 items of corn cob, in a video he himself shared on Twitter.
Mr Kulaste, a BJP chief, was seen giving detailed directions on methods to put together the maize for him however was shocked when the vendor quoted Rs 45 for 3 items.
“Rs 45? Too expensive,” mentioned Mr Kulaste, Minister of State within the Steel ministry. To which, the corn vendor, with a smile on his face, replied, “This is the standard rate. I did not quote a high price because you are traveling by car.”
“Maize is available here for free,” added Mr Kulaste. He, nonetheless, finally paid the worth the salesperson requested.
“Going from Seoni to Mandla today. Tasted the local corn. We all should buy food from local farmers and shopkeepers. This will ensure jobs for them, and no mixed goods,” tweeted Mr Kulaste on Thursday.
अज सिवनी से मंडला जाटे हुई I tasted the native bhutte. हम साभी अपने लाइकारी भाष्टान को खोटे को खाइटे को खोजे को है অত্যান উনান উন্য়ান এম্যান ম্র্যান @MoRD_GoI@BJP4Mandla@BJP4MPpic.twitter.com/aNsLP2JOdU
— Faggan Singh Kulaste (@fskulaste) July 21, 2022
The opposition Congress criticized the minister for haggling with a roadside vendor.
“He is so poor that Rs 15 for a piece of maize is too expensive for him. Describe the situation of ordinary citizens, tweeted KK Mishra, chairman, media department, Madhya Pradesh Congress.
Home Minister Narottam Mishra defended Mr Kulaste and said, “He obtained out of his automobile and spoke to the corn cob vendor. He paid greater than he requested for.”
The video comes at a time when the country is feeling the pinch of rising prices and the opposition is attacking the government over the issues of rising GST rates and devaluation of the rupee.