Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday described as “barbaric” the terror attack in Istanbul and said India stands by Turkey in this time of grief.
“Heartfelt condolences to the government and people of Turkey on the tragic loss of lives in Istanbul,” he tweeted.
“We strongly condemn the barbaric attack and stand by Turkey in this time of grief,” the PM added.
We strongly condemn the barbaric attack and stand by Turkey in this time of grief.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) January 1, 2017
Thirty-nine people, including foreigners, were killed when a gunman stormed an Istanbul nightclub as revellers were celebrating the New Year.
Twitter users and his political opponents were quick to highlight the irony in his tweet by pointing out how the PM had not posted a single tweet of condolence on the deaths of more than 100 people due to his decision to restrict people’s ability to withdraw their own money from banks.
Here are some of the tweets;
— Dilip K. Pandey – दिलीप पाण्डेय (@dilipkpandey) January 1, 2017
Many are finding this tweet incredibly insensitive given that they did not hear any condolence on 100+ ppl, who died due to note ban https://t.co/CSrx6tCNg1
— Rifat Jawaid (@RifatJawaid) January 1, 2017
— PK (@naam_pk) January 1, 2017
@rachitattweet Sir! What abt our own innocents?They died Bec of u. No Purana rishta with dead Indians ? Why ?
— Urvashi Chandiramani (@500Urvashi) January 1, 2017
उम्मीद थी @narendramodi नोटबंदी के अपने दावों का सच रखेंगे जनता के सामने। अफ़सोस, 100 से अधिक मौतों पर भी चुप रहे। विफलता की घोर स्वीकृति!
— Deshbhakt हार्दिक પટેલ (@Patel_Hardik14) January 1, 2017
105+ deaths in ur own country because of ur stupidity and no tweet yet. Shame on u Mr. pm.
— Amit Verma (@amit_ili) January 1, 2017