Twitterati recently targeted the Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Smriti Irani over a tweet she posted on Friday and bombarded her account with trolls. However, most of the trollers missed her own confusion over a certain story.
The BJP minister apparently shared a story link from a leading daily on the Union Cabinet approving Zojilla Pass tunnel that will reduce the journey time from Srinagar to Leh.
What grabbed many eyeballs was the time mentioned in the headline which claimed that the travellers will be able to reach from Srinagar to Leh in 15 minutes and the trollers were at her case.
The cabinet minister was mercilessly trolled for sharing a wrong story and brought the actual distance between Srinagar and Leh to her notice which is 434 km. Many trollers went as far as calling her illiterate while pointing her factual mistake.
All the intelligent personalities busy in trolling Irani missed a little question mark that Smriti added at the end of the story’s headline. She questioned the story’s credibility with the minimum usage of words, which people were not able to understand.
Many questioned the reason for her promotion of wrong facts while she herself is a proud member of the cabinet which approved the Zojila Pass tunnel project but nobody noted her tweet closely to understand the actual context.
Following the matter came to the public eye, the news agency whose story was posted by the leading daily was quick to carry a clarification for their factually wrong news. They not just corrected their headline but also apologised for causing any inconvenience to the readers.
The apology read, “Corrigendum: An earlier version of this agency story wrongly mentioned that the travel time between Srinagar and Leh would be reduced to 15 minutes. The proposed tunnel would reduce the travel time of crossing Zojila Pass from 3.5 hours to 15 minutes. The error is regretted.”
Notably, the project pertains to a proposed tunnel that would reduce the travel time of crossing Zojila Pass from 3.5 hours to 15 minutes whereas the actual time taken to reach Leh from Srinagar or vice versa is more than 21 hours by road.