state minister Brijmohan Agrawal has stoked a controversy as
he said that those who call inflation a national calamity
should stop eating food and using petrol.
The Congress, which is in power in the state, termed
his statement "shameful" and said the day is not far when the
saffron party will ask those who oppose the BJP-led Centre to
leave the country.
Talking to reporters on Thursday, Agrawal said, "If
the inflation is a national calamity, then I think those who
are calling it so should stop eating and drinking. They should
quit food and stop using petrol."
"I think if Congressmen and those who have voted to
Congress will do so, the inflation would automatically come
down," he said.
A video of the MLA making the statement has gone viral
on social media platforms.
When contacted, Agrawal said on Friday, "While
interacting with reporters, I satirically made a statement
that if Congressmen stop eating and using petrol, inflation
would decline as the state Congress chief had termed inflation
as a national calamity."
He said he made the statement in a lighter vein while
speaking to reporters after the press meet and it was not his
intention to ask anyone to stop having food or using petrol.
Slamming him over the statement, Chhattisgarh
Congress''s communication wing in-charge Shailesh Nitin Trivedi
said the BJP can''t even realise the pain of people who are
bearing the brunt of the price rise.
"Making such a vague statement is very shameful. They
will later say that those who oppose the Centre should quit
India," he said.
On Saturday, Congress leaders and workers will stage a
state-wide protest in front of their houses against the Centre
over the issue of price hike. PTI TKP