Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Friday took a dig at Prime Minister Narendra Modi over his suggestion that wind turbines can be used to generate clean drinking water, oxygen and energy, prompting senior ministers to hit back.
“The real danger to India isn’t that our PM doesn’t understand. It’s the fact that nobody around him has the guts to tell him,” the former Congress president tweeted while sharing a video clip of the Prime Minister’s interaction with Henrik Andersen, president and CEO of Danish wind turbine-maker Vestas.
The Prime Minister is heard telling Andersen that if wind turbines could collect moisture from air, besides producing power, they could help solve the issue of drinking water shortage.
The real danger to India isn’t that our PM doesn’t understand.
It’s the fact that nobody around him has the guts to tell him. pic.twitter.com/ppUeBeGwpk
— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) October 9, 2020
“The other suggestion that I have is that we can separate oxygen from the air using this same turbine… If a scientific system can be developed… If this can be done, one wind turbine can then provide drinking water, supply oxygen and provide energy… it can be three-in-one from one turbine,” he said.
“Can your scientists do some innovation in that direction?” Modi asked Andersen who replied, “… Prime Minister Modi… I can’t say I am smiling and I am smiling with both your passion and your excitement. I can guarantee you if you should ever have the wish… you should come and visit me in Denmark… you will be the idea generator for our research and development…”
Nobody around Rahul Gandhi has the guts to tell him that he doesn’t understand. He mocks PM @NarendraModi’s ideas when CEO of the world’s leading company endorses themhttps://t.co/XR0bqv4wSd https://t.co/KnuymPTcut
Railway Minister Piyush Goyal tweeted: “Nobody around Rahul Gandhi has the guts to tell him that he doesn’t understand. He mocks PM Narendra Modi’s ideas when the CEO of the world’s leading company endorses them.”
“They say ignorance is bliss, but rarely in Indian politics has an individual made a conscious effort to sustain his ignorance,” said Union Minister Smriti Irani.