Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s craze for camera has been one of the most talked about topics on social media with his rivals often mocking him for his awkward actions. Not so long ago, he was widely mocked by his political rivals for allegedly waving at an imaginary crowd while inaugurating Bogibeel bridge in Assam.
Weeks later, the prime minister has found himself at the receiving end on social media after a video of him waving at an imaginary crowd in Jammu and Kashmir’s famous Dal lake went viral. In the video, Modi is seen enjoying a boat ride while furiously waving at
The BJP also posted the video of Modi with a caption that read, “PM Shri @narendramodi takes boat ride to inspect Dal lake in Srinagar. #NaMoInJK.”
— BJP (@BJP4India) February 3, 2019
The eagle-eyed among local Kashmiri population were quick to declare that something was not right in the video. Some felt that with security being so tight due to prime minister’s visit in a militancy-hit Kashmir, there was no chance of people assembling near Dal lake to wave back at the PM.
A local law professional Mashooq Usuf:
Funny thing is, he’s waving his hand in a way to portray there are people, when, as a matter of fact, dal lake is enormously huge, and you cannot see who’s on the banks. Secondly, people weren’t allowed to go there, roads were sealed. Thirdly, there was only security & none..
Another local resident Geer Ab Wahid tweeted:
#Kashmir under Curfew, People caged not sure to whom Modi is waiving in the middle of Dal Lake.
Journalist Rita Banerji tweeted:
I see no one there. We hear Kashmir is under lockdown for his visit. So…who is he waving to?
Not to be left behind, former Jammau and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah too took a potshot at the PM as he tweeted,
This camera person has done the Hon PM a huge disservice by not showing all the people furiously waving back because there is no way the PM would be waving at an empty lake.
Another former Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir, Mehbooba Mufti, too mocked Modi for waving at the imaginary crowd. Mufti, who was an alliance partner of the BJP until recently, wrote, “For the those who are asking , the ? is for BJPs countless imaginary ‘friends’ in Kashmir.”