Getting up early in the morning only to sit for a rather long speech can’t be easy. We understand. But when the person delivering the speech is the country’s Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, the occasion is Independence Day, the location Red Fort and the audience includes dignitaries with the sharp eyes of the media on you at all times… nodding off isn’t the greatest of ideas.
Clips and photos from the video footage of the PM’s speech on Independence Day were widely shared on social media platforms – and a couple of people fared a bit poorly – especially Finance Minister Arun Jaitely, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, who were all photographed with their eyes tightly shut.
While we might have given the Delhi Chief Minister the benefit of doubt – after all, he could just be listening intently, eyes closed – but when your own party members get on the defensive, there is no choice but to believe that he was, in fact, sleeping. When the photo started being shared on social media, AAP leader and former journalist Ashutosh took to Twitter to say: “Why media is so biased? Only targets AAP/Kejriwal? Jaitley/Parrikar sleeping, media not showing ? Why ? Why?”
Now, more astute tweeple took this as an admission that the CM was ‘moditating’, sorry meditating, but just getting a power nap. One Twitter member shared Ashutosh’s tweet, with the comment: “Kejriwal was sleeping confirmed by @ashutosh83B”.
In the meanwhile, Tweeple left no stone d to troll the nightmares out of the two leaders, though, it would be safe to say that so far, Kejriwal spotters have been a lot for active.
Take a look.
— jagtar singh mann (@mann1043) August 15, 2016
I am not sleeping just praying Modi shud not pick the gun to shoot me ~ Kejriwal pic.twitter.com/uy8vAAld4i
— SuperStar Raj (@rajsan2016) August 15, 2016
Jaitley also sleeping. Jai Italy
— cricketSaM (@indoriitweeter) August 15, 2016
Dhyan mudra pic.twitter.com/9e7EWTgTmA
— Abhisar Sharma (@abhisar_sharma) August 15, 2016
— Varun Mahajan (@varunmahajan82) August 15, 2016
Evidently nobody in government/BJP who can give PM frank feedback: “I’m sorry sir, but this speech will put even Manmohan Singh to sleep.”
— Sadanand Dhume (@dhume) August 15, 2016
Sitting for 3 Hours without Bullet Proof Glass in front of Modi was achievement. pic.twitter.com/BAsVG6Ygql
— Arvind Kejriwal (@TrollKejri) August 15, 2016
Kejriwal sleeping in middle of PM Modi’s Independence Day speech. #smh
Guess he can’t handle listening to truth.
— Nidhi P. (@Nidhi_Twits) August 15, 2016
There are people who are celebrating Insleependence Day too. pic.twitter.com/D4K17dABIO
— Keh Ke Peheno (@coolfunnytshirt) August 15, 2016
— LolmLol (@LOLiyapa) August 15, 2016
— CA Kushal Agrawal (@Kushal05agr) August 15, 2016
Kejriwal proved that an engineer can sleep anywhere. pic.twitter.com/DDFzlBRDyC
— Ankur Singh (@iAnkurSingh) August 15, 2016
— Paresh Rawal (@Babu_Bhaiyaa) August 15, 2016
CM Kejriwal wasn’t sleeping during Independence day program, he was just displaying that how free we are to do anything, anywhere. Respect
— EngiNerd. (@mainbhiengineer) August 15, 2016
Some came to his defence.
I don’t mind people sleeping during PM’s speech. We have all taken a nap when CEOs and National Managers give gyaan. Fine if Kejriwal slept.
— Gappistan Radio (@GappistanRadio) August 15, 2016
Well, did you think the PM’s speech was boring this year? Tell us in the comments below.