New Delhi: Paying tribute to the socialist leader Jayaprakash Narayan on his 113th birth anniversary on Sunday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said something that stirred up a storm on social networking site Twitter.
Addressing a gathering at Delhi’s Vigyan Bhawan where BJP veteran LK Advani, Punjab CM Parkash Singh Badal, Rajasthan governor Kalyan Singh and NCP leader DP Tripathi were present, Modi said that Parkash Singh Badal is a Nelson Mandela of India.
“Badal Sahab is sitting here. He is the Nelson Mandela of India. He was kept in prison for a long time because his political views were different from those in power,” said Modi.
Badal Sahab is sitting here…he is the Nelson Mandela of India. He has spent so many years in prison & that too for political reasons: PM
— PMO India (@PMOIndia) October 11, 2015
However, the said remark later started trending on Twitter as #YoBadalSoMandela and since then people have been mocking PM Modi’s tweet of comparing Badal to Nelson Mandela. This didn’t go down well with the twitterati and soon hashtag “#YoBadalSoMandela” started trending. See how people reacted on Twitter. Delhi Chief Minister, Arvind Kejriwal, tweeted a question soon after PM’s remark, ‘Badal Nelson Mandela of India?”.
Badal is the Nelson Mandela of India?
— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) October 11, 2015
Supreme Court Senior Advocate Sanjay Hegde tweeted, “That he spent years in prison for Sikh panth in Bhindrawale and Post Blue Star era”. –
— SANJAY HEGDE (@sanjayuvacha) October 11, 2015
Former Chief Minister and Deputy Leader of Congress in Lok Sabha, Capt Amarinder Singh also reacted to the statement and said, “Who says PM has no sense of humour? Either it is a tongue in cheek comment or the PM does not know what he is talking about. It is an insult to Nelson Mandela to compare someone like Badal with him”. Singh later reacted on Twitter too and said, “Who says our PM has no sense of humour. Let’s hope, like Mandela, Bharat Ratna/ Nobel Prize next for Badal. Tweets referring to Punjab’s drugs problem and the business empire of the Badal family were also made, apart from the ongoing farmers’ agitation, that has blocked the railway traffic for five consecutive days now. Not to be left behind, President of Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee, Partap Singh Bajwa, tweeted, ” Dear PM please have some pity on the legendary Nelson Mandela. Don’t compare him with Ali Baba of Punjab”. Bajwa tweeted another caustic remark saying, “Under Badal government farmers are dying, 70 per cent youth of Punjab is hooked to drugs, and PM Modi calls Mr Badal Nelson Mandela of India”. More reactions from Twitter:
Modi Ji just proved why he is our own Donald Trump. #YoBadalSoMandela
— Sanjay Jha (@JhaSanjay) October 11, 2015
The quality of drugs in Punjab is that good that even by sitting next to Badal, PM was looking doped #YoBadalSoMandela
— Amanpreet Singh (@aman_s31) October 11, 2015
— #KalamLives (@AAPlogical) October 11, 2015
Via: Indian Express:
Meanwhile, the Punjab government’s public relations department went into overdrive to spread the PM’s Mandela remark through its official releases. A state government statement said that “In recognition to the selfless services rendered by the Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal towards the state and its people besides in upholding the ethos of democracy, the Prime Minister Narendra Modi today described him as the Nelson Mandela of Swatantra Bharat (Free India)”.