Union HRD Minister Smriti Irani on Monday faced heat on social media the children of the victim, who had died in road accident on Yamuna Expressway on Saturday, contradicted her version of event.
Dr Ashok Nagar had died after allegedly being hit by a car from Irani’s cavalcade.
According to Dr Nagar’s children, their father was hit the car belonging to Irani’s convoy. They alleged that, when approached for help, Irani had turned a blind eye to their distress and left the scene of the accident.
Daughter Sandili alleged that her father could have been alive if Irani had agreed to transport him to hospital on time.
Faced with widespread criticism, the HRD ministry issued clarification denying the allegations levelled by the victim’s children.
Soon the local police officer too issued statement saying that ‘Smriti Irani ji’s convoy had reached accident spot, 7-8 minutes after the accident, where 1 person died and 2 were injured.’
But, it was too late to stop the outrage on social media particularly on twitter, where users trended new hashtag #SmritiHitandRun, which became a top twitter trend in no time.
Here are some example of what twitter users said on this topic:
Is it correct for BJP to accuse the child of lying…when the family is in mourning? #SmritiHitandRun
— Salman Nizami (@SalmanNizami_) March 7, 2016
Never thought HRD will be known by hit and run department someday . Credit to smriti irani #SmritiHitandRun
— vandana sharma (@IndiaTv24) March 7, 2016
— Main Hoon Na (@neo_pac) March 7, 2016
— Mahesh Vikram Hegde (@mvmeet) March 7, 2016
— Geet V (@geetv79) March 7, 2016
— Miserable Bhudha (@Misreables) March 7, 2016
— ARCHANA♥DALMIA (@ArchanaDalmia) March 7, 2016
— Ajay Nagariya#WithRG (@Ajay_Nagariya) March 7, 2016