While de-boarding a flight at Guwahati airport on April 10, the All India Mahila Congress chief Netta D’Souza confronted Union Minister for Women and Development Smriti Irani on the rising prices of petrol and cooking gas. The two had a spat and continued to discuss the matter while getting off the Indigo flight. The Union Minister was visibly caught off-guard as D’Souza stopped and questioned her on the issue.
In a video recorded by D’Souza on her phone and later uploaded on social media, she was seen questioning the minister, while Irani asked her why she was blocking the way of other passengers. To this, D’Souza responded that everybody is going through problems because of the price increases.
Irani and D’Souza were on the flight from New Delhi to Guwahati. The crew members wished Irani a happy Bihu (which is the biggest festival in Assam, beginning on April 14). To this, D’Souza reacted and said what happy Bihu is without cooking gas, leading to Irani saying, “You are misappropriating, ma’am.”
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While D’Souza continued to talk about “stoves without gas,” Irani asked her not to lie. The minister is visiting the city for a zonal conference with the officials of the governments in the Northeast, to be held today.
While getting down, D’Souza turned on her selfie mode and asked the minister about the prices of LPG cylinders, meanwhile, Irani stuck to talking about 80 crore people getting free rations and COVID-19 vaccination. D’Souza uploaded the video on her Twitter feed and wrote, “Faced Modi Minister @smritiIrani ji, en route to Guwahati. When asked about the unbearable rising prices of LPG, she blamed vaccines, raashan & even the poor! Do watch the video excerpts, on how she reacted to common people’s misery!”
Who Is Netta D Souza?
D’Souza completed her education at Maharaja Sayajirao University in Vadodara, Gujarat from 1997 to 2003. In September 2008, she became the national secretary for the Indian Youth Congress and remained so till August 2010. Post this, she joined the National Students’ Union of India Training for two years and two months.
She then moved on to become the National Secretary for the All Indian Mahila Congress in 2014. In 2021, following the resignation of Sushmita Dev, she was appointed as the president of the women’s wing.
Feature Image Credit: Netta D’Souza/ Twitter