Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi met the members of the Indian Olympic contingent on Monday. But the highlight of this meeting was Modi’s proposal to sell Gold medallist Neeraj Chopra’s javelin.
In the video shared by Modi himself, the Indian prime minister was seen asking Chopra, “Ispar tumhara sign hai? (Does this (javelin) have your signature?)” When the Indian athlete answered in affirmative, Modi said, “Ye main auction kar deta hoon, chalega? (I will auction it. Is that ok?)”
But Modi asking Chopra if he could sell his javelin became a butt of jokes on social media with a Congress leader asking if the former had become a head of OLX, well-known marketing company.
Sharing a clip of Modi’s interaction with Chopra, Radhika Khera asked, “He sold the railways, he sold the oil, he sold the country, now he’s talking about selling Neeraj Chopra’s javelin. Is he a prime minister or the head of OLX?”
रेल बेच दिया,
तेल बेच दिया,
देश बेच दिया,
अब नीरज चोपड़ा का भाला बेचने की बात कर रहे!
प्रधानमंत्री हैं या OLX का सरग़ना ? pic.twitter.com/w0Ya4Cue94
— Radhika Khera (@Radhika_Khera) August 18, 2021
Chopra created history in Tokyo when he became the first Indian athlete to win a Gold medal in athletics. He threw more than 87 meters to strike a Gold medal and registered his name in history.
Another highlight of Modi’s interaction with Olympians was what he said to PV Sindhu’s Korean coach Park Tae-sang. Modi asked, “You are from Korea. Have you ever visited Ayodhya? There’s a special relation between Korea and Ayodhya… You must visit Ayodhya and you know the history of Ayodhya.”
Among those, who met Modi on Monday were India’s other Olympic medallists including PV Sindhu, members of the men’s hockey team, Mirabai Chanu, wrestlers Ravi Dahiya and Bajrang Punia and boxer Lovlina Borgohain.