Modi likens Badal with Mandela, gets ridiculed on twitter


Prime Minister Narendra on Sunday likened Punjab chief minister and his close ally Prakash Singh Badal with the Nobel laureate and the icon of South Africa’s anti-apartheid movement, Nelson Mandela.

On Sunday morning he tweeted from his @PMOIndia twitter handle, “Badal sahab is sitting here…he is the Nelson Mandela of India. He has spent so many years in prison and that too for political reasons:PM.”

His tweet caused huge outrage on social media with users slamming and mocking him. Both his political detractors and journalists took to twitter to express their outrage. #YoBadalSoMandela was soon a top national trend.


Veteran journalist Nikhil Wagle sarcastically wrote;

Well known poet and Aam Aadmi Party leader Dr Kumar Vishwas ‘congratulated’ people of Punjab for getting their ‘own Mandela.’

He tweeted;

Entrepreneur Mahesh Murthy asked if Mandela’s sons were also responsible for looting South Africa as Badal family members are being accused of.

User @Komal_Indian tweeted a quote by South African legend laying emphasis on education. She said just ‘replace education with drugs’ for it to become a Badal quote.

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User Kunal Sehgal tweeeted an old pic of Badal with Modi referring both the leaders as Nelson Mandela and Mahatma Gandhi instead.

User @aartic02 took a dig with this tweet.

User @rohanldias tweeted;

@MangoBwoy suggested that by Modi’s logic the rape accused Asaram had already become ‘25% Mandela.’

Punjab, which is currently being ruled by Badal’s Akali Dal and the BJP, has seen an alarming rise in drug problem in recent years with opposition accusing the ruling alliance of doing very little to check the growth of drug menace.

While campaigning for Lok Sabha elections Modi had promised voters to put a lid on the drugs being pushed into Indian territory from across the border if BJP-led government came at the Centre. But, recently many BJP leaders in Punjab were arrested with hundreds of kilos of drugs by Rajasthan police.

Last year in May, Senior Akali leader and state minister Sarwan Singh Phillaur had to even resign on moral grounds when his son’s name figured in drug trade in May.

Punjab is scheduled to go for polls in 2017 and drug menace, which many say has destroyed a generation, will be a huge election issue then.