A video of Union minister Arjun Ram Meghwal promoting a papad brand ‘Bhabiji papad’ and proclaiming that the papad is made from ingredients which help in building antibodies against pandemic, went viral on the social media.
The video has some people criticizing the unscientific claims made by the Union minister while some pointed out the ayurvedic properties of some of the ingredients in the product to boost immunity.
मैं #VocalForLocal की मुहिम का समर्थन करते हुए बीकानेर के सुप्रसिद्ध पापड़, भुजिया और रसगुल्ले को promote करता हूँ।आप सभी से स्थानीय उत्पादों के बारे में #Vocal बनने की विनम्र अपील करता हूँ ताकि #AatamNirbharBharat अभियान के अन्तर्गत इस मुहिम को और आगे बढ़ाया जा सके। pic.twitter.com/JnBY4KpgJL
— Arjun Ram Meghwal (@arjunrammeghwal) July 24, 2020
The company which has manufactured the papad is from Bikaner in Rajasthan and claims that the edible product has gilloy and other immunity boosting ingredients.
Meanwhile, Meghwal’s claims have also given fresh fodder to meme creators on social media.
Morning – I drink gaumutra
Lunch- I have Patanjali’s Coronil
Evening- I chant 100 times ‘Go corona go’
Dinner- I have started eating Bhabhiji #Papad
Now I don’t need the vaccine. pic.twitter.com/TXWu1Nq8Tw
— Harsh Goenka (@hvgoenka) July 24, 2020
While the video was released by the minister’s official Twitter handle but was circulating on the social media, Meghwal released a video on his Twitter handle speaking about papads, bhujiya (snacks) and rasagulla from his parliamentary constituency Bikaner in Rajasthan.
— Jatin singh (@i_jatinsingh) July 24, 2020
He said how these snacks are popular and he urged people to only support only local products, as part of the “vocal for local” initiative. He also tagged news reports and tweets of party leaders promoting #VocalForLocal in other states and the GeM_India portal to promote local products from across the country by their manufacturers.