Union Minister Smriti Irani has always been quite popular among social media users because of her repeated gaffes and controversial statements.
She disappeared from public gaze momentarily after she was unceremoniously booted out of the HRD ministry in favour of the textiles ministry.
But, with the central government finding itself in a spot of bother because of the after-effects of demonetisation, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his cabinet colleagues have gone full throttle in pushing a favourable narrative to extract the much-needed electoral mileage in poll-bound states of Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Uttarakhand, Goa and Manipur.
Joining the gang is now Irani, who on Saturday claimed that post demonetisation, printing presses in Pakistan, involved in circulation of counterfeit Indian currency, had shut and there was a sharp decline in the incidents of violence in Kashmir.
Irani said, “There are news reports coming in that post demonetisation, printing presses in Pakistan which were involved in printing of counterfeit Indian currencies are shut. There are reports that after the scrapping of high value notes, there is sharp decline of 60 per cent in the incidents of violence in Kashmir and there is 50 per cent drop in hawala transactions.”
Her comments came even as Jammu and Kashmir remained as volatile as ever while tension continued to prevail along the LoC.
As expected, Irani’s detractors began to troll her for her latest act of bragging.
Here are some comments;
If everything in India, has to be justified on what does or does not happen in Pakistan, what does it indicate about ourselves? https://t.co/3VZqhlLOYL
— SANJAY HEGDE (@sanjayuvacha) January 8, 2017
— Roshan Bhardwaj… (@RoshanSonmi) January 8, 2017
@TimesNow Looks like BJP minister’s r more intrested in what happening in Pakistan rather than alleviate the hardship of common man in India
— Manoj Kumar Odakayi (@OManojKumar) January 8, 2017
— Indian Media Watch (@Realitybytes51) January 8, 2017
— nazrah (@nazrah) January 8, 2017
— Pontificator! (@sw_spot) January 8, 2017
— देशी ठेका (@DesiTheka) January 7, 2017
— SP (@inquestioner) January 8, 2017