Mammi Rocks: Petrol-diesel prices are skyrocketing across the country. Petrol has crossed Rs 100 per litre in many states. Memes are being created on social media on this issue and the government is being criticized. Now ‘Rang De Basanti’ fame actor Siddharth has taunted the Finance Minister in a tweet.
Talking about Siddharth and his Workfront, viewers of Hindi films know him from ‘Rang De Basanti.’ He was also seen in the web series ‘Laila’ in 2019. Apart from this, Siddharth is active in the South Film Industry. His upcoming films are ‘Indian 2’, ‘Navaras’ and ‘Mahasamudram.’
Siddharth openly expresses his opinion and is well known on Twitter for his outspoken statements. A famous lawyer Prashant Bhushan shared a video comparing two statements of Nirmala Sitharaman, the Finance Minister of India. In 2013, when Congress was in power, Nirmala Sitharaman held the government responsible for the increase in petrol prices. Unlike now, she said that the reason for the rise in oil prices is the oil companies. Siddharth responded to Prashant Bhushan’s tweet.
Denoting Nirmala Sitharaman as “Maami,” he wrote “Maami is next level flexible in her belief system. No onions, no memory, no principles. Maami rocks!” Here, Siddharth clearly created a mockery out of her contradicting statements over the years, over the different governments. Even the video titled ‘HYPOCRISY’.
Here’s what the Finance Minister said
Finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Saturday said that steep rise in petrol prices is a vexatious issue for which there is no answer except for reducing it.
In a media address, the finance minister said, “I am treading on an area where whatever I may say to bring reality into the picture will sound like I am avoiding the answer or shifting the blame. Fuel price rise is an issue in which no answer except for reducing the price would convince anyone.”
Responding to a question, Sitharaman said that it is a ‘Dharma Sankat’ situation and the Centre and states need to figure out a way so that the end price to consumers or the retail price of fuel is at a reasonable level. Stating that the price of petrol and diesel is worked up by the oil marketing companies (OMCs), she said that oil prices have been freed and the Centre has no control over it.
“The OMCs decide whether to reduce or hike oil prices depending upon the cost incurred in importing the crude, refining it, distribution and logistics,” she said.
Sitharaman further stressed that the constant hike in brent price since November, along with production cuts being predicted by OPEC countries may put further pressure on oil prices in the coming days. On whether petrol, diesel can be brought under the GST regime to bring down prices, the finance minister said that a decision on it can be taken only after a thorough discussion in the GST council meet and with consultation among states. “Once they agree on a rate, all over the country there can be a uniform rate of petrol. There can be just one tax that can be shared by both Centre and the states,” she said.
Netizens replied to Siddharth’s tweet
Siddharth denoted Nirmala Sitharaman as “Maami” and proved her a hypocrite. Generally, you don’t call someone a hypocrite and be respectful at the same time. “Maami” can be considered a respectful label for an older lady but here it sounded a bit sarcastic. Some people found it disrespectful and the actor was expected some dignity and respect towards the nation’s Finance Minister, while some people defended him.
Rise in petrol-diesel prices are hitting all of us hard. Let’s hope for the best. What are your views on Siddharth’s statement?