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Indian Finance Minister's UFO Facebook Post Angers Citizens

FILE - India's Finance and Defense Minister Arun Jaitley speaks during a news conference in Srinagar, India, June 2014.
FILE - India's Finance and Defense Minister Arun Jaitley speaks during a news conference in Srinagar, India, June 2014.
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With many Indians worrying about the threat of tough measures in their new government's first budget next week, a Facebook post suggesting the finance minister might be pondering less earthly matters quickly roused anger on Wednesday.

Arun Jaitley, a key confidante of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, published a message celebrating "World UFO Day" on his Facebook page, which is one of the main forums in which he publishes official information.

"This day is celebrated to raise awareness about the existence of UFO's [sic] and with that intelligent beings from outer space," said the post, which was followed by Jaitley's name and included a depiction of a flying saucer in a wheat field.

World UFO Day is a day dedicated to spotting and proving the existence of Unidentified Flying Objects.

It was first celebrated in 2001, according to the website worldufoday.com.

A member of Jaitley's personal staff, who declined to benamed, confirmed that their team had posted the message about World UFO Day and said the account had not been hacked.

The post was deleted half an hour after Reuters contacted the team. The post sparked a storm of criticism among his followers and was deleted after a few hours.

"Sir FM, today we the people of India are celebrating the price hike day instead of UFO day," a Facebook user called VBhushan Bhushansharma said in a comment on Jaitley's post, referring to India's recent moves to raise rail fares and fuelprices.

Modi swept to power in May with a vow to revive India's economy after the longest spell of growth below 5 percent in a quarter of a century, and he has since warned that the turnaround will involve some "bitter medicine."

On July 10, Jaitley is expected to unveil a budget that will try to rein in a wide fiscal deficit partly by curbing the government's high subsidy bill in a country where 70 percent of people live on less than $2 a day. He said on Tuesday that "bold steps" were needed "to ensure fiscal discipline."

"Sir instead of talking on outer space, please confine your discussion on the hardship faced by common men," a Facebook user called Ganesh Choudhary said in a comment on Wednesday. "People are confused and scared about the undefined miseries which are going to be heaped upon them in the names of restoring fiscal health of the country."

Officials in the finance ministry said they had seen the Facebook post and advised the minister's personal media team to be more careful about what is published on his Facebook account. Investors have been impressed by Jaitley's hawkish tone.

The benchmark BSE index rose as much as 1.1 percent to an all-time high of 25,810 on Wednesday, surpassing its previous record of 25,735.87 on June 11.

 

 

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by: Pelister
July 09, 2014 10:09 AM
What is wrong in sharing or celebrating World UFO DAy on Facebook?, yes it is important that they look into the immediate condition of our country, but they too have have some personal interests and nothing wrong in sharing it with the world and fellow citizens.

Sharing a post about UFO on Facebook doesn't mean, he was doing his job, will the financial crisis be solved within minutes that he spent on FB, no. This kind of reaction is really stupid.

Creating awareness on UFO and aliens among citizens and politicians is really healthy. You can solve financial crisis , but what happens when you are in an imminent alien invasion.

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