In a tweet that can only be construed as the Congress party acknowledging its President Rahul Gandhi’s newly acquired skills of the Unitary method in Mathematics, the official account of the party tweeted the revolutionary discovery that there’s a fundamental difference between Rs. 6000 per year and Rs. 500 per month.
In Budget 2019, one of the most significant announcements was the structured income support that will be provided to farmers through the Pradhan Mantri Krishan Samridhi Yojana. Rs. 6000 will be provided to farmers with less than 2 hectares of land annually in three instalments. It will cost the state Rs. 75,000 crores per year. In addition, a 2% interest subvention has been provided to farmers who practice animal husbandry and fisheries. An additional 1% interest subvention will be given if loans are repaid on time.
Congress took to Twitter to try and criticise this move. In its tweets, the Congress party asserted that while Rs. 6000 per year was a promise, Rs. 500 per month was the reality. And therefore, the promise of Rs. 6000 per year was a ‘Jumla’.
If tweeting the embarrassment once wasn’t enough, the party posted it again. But this time, in Hindi.
किसानों को 500 रुपए प्रतिमाह का नकद हस्तांतरण उनकी समस्याओं के साथ क्रूर मजाक है। कर्ज माफी करने के बजाय नकद हस्तांतरण से किसानों को विशेष राहत नहीं मिलने वाली।#Budget2019 #AakhriJumlaBudget pic.twitter.com/RTX4pL8FSG
— Congress (@INCIndia) February 1, 2019
But even then, the tweets were factually incorrect as the farmers will be paid the amount in three instalments and not Rs 500 every month.
While the Modi government gave people plenty to smile about through the announcements made by the Acting Finance Minister Piyush Goyal in his budget speech. the Congress party contributed to it through its tweets.
Pinku Didi inki maths ki class leti hai. Jha unkil approve karte hai. Fact checker Taklu uncle isko thumbs up dete hai ? https://t.co/CKDahtA4l8
— Old_School_Engineer (@a_muglikar) February 1, 2019
— iMac_too (@iMac_too) February 1, 2019
Perfect example of “When she asks “call kyu nahi kiya?” and you say “phone band ho gaya tha” then she says “toh whatsapp kar lete” https://t.co/nZodG5tg9t
— ㅤ ㅤ ㅤ ㅤ ㅤ ㅤ ㅤ ㅤㅤ ㅤ ㅤ ㅤ (@firkiii) February 1, 2019
6000 per year is also reality, morons ?
It’s the same thing!! https://t.co/kul1YZUyoG
— Ajit Datta (@ajitdatta) February 1, 2019
I am sure @RahulGandhi and @priyankac19 put their heads together to arrive at the calculation that 6000 per year is less than 500 per month. Two heads are better than one, but not if both are empty.??? https://t.co/2PvUyw60Mr
— Jayanthi S Vel ?? (@vel_jaya) February 1, 2019
While the President of the Congress party could not ever be accused of possessing a high degree of intellect, it appears his creative ideas are rubbing off on other members of the party as well. However, Congress deserves to be congratulated for at least doing their arithmetic right.