Rahul Gandhi and gaffes are so interconnected that many people believe that Rahul Gandhi’s full name is Rahul Gandhi gaffe. Normally, it’s the BJP that gets benefitted from his bloopers, but this time, the heavy engineering centered PSU, Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL), is also going to reap the benefits.
Recently, while addressing a rally in Chhattisgarh, Rahul Gandhi accused Chhattisgarh CM Dr. Raman Singh of a scam and asked him why he didn’t buy phones from BHEL. CM Raman Singh has launched ‘Sanchar Kranti Yojna’ under which 50 lakh people will be given free smartphones. Trying to bring the people of Chhattisgarh into confidence, Rahul Gandhi got overboard and asked CM Raman Singh why he didn’t source these phones from BHEL.
Soon after the video got leaked on Social Media, users started asking for places from where they can buy BHEL made phones. What initially looked like sarcasm turned out to be a big opportunity for BHEL and the very next day BHEL announced its new unit in Bhopal that will start manufacturing phones before the end of the year.
Faking News reporter spoke to BHEL MD, Mr. K P Sharma. Mr. Sharma said, “See this is an opportune moment for us because when phone companies like Apple and Samsung are witnessing tough competition, people want to buy phone from a company that doesn’t even manufacture phones. So, obviously we are going to fulfill public demand and we have already started the procedure of installing a unit in Bhopal”.
This is not the first time when someone’s gaffe has become a boon to a company. Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal, while addressing people on his live Facebook, had talked about Bullet train ticket pricing and had estimated it to be as high as Rs. 75000. This estimate gave the govt, and also the Japanese company manufacturing bullet train engines, an upper hand in overpricing the tickets as people anyway would expect ticket prices to be exorbitantly high.