While India celebrates the joy of retaining the world champion title in the Kabaddi World Cup, people were extremely unhappy with Union sports minister Vijay Goel.
The victory photo of our athletes raising the trophy is being shared widely across the Internet for two reasons. While the first glory moment is a salute to the vigour of our sportsmen, the second is something that’s becoming quite a recurring factor for our minister.
In what can be taken as an example of overstaying one’s welcome, Goel, who presented the trophy to the winning team, is being lambasted on social media for apparently staying in frame and right up-front much beyond what was required just so that he could be photographed in the same frame along the real stars. People were furious, and said he was “trying to steal attention from the players”.
Many angry Netizens, while slamming him, also tweeted out to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to intervene and “sack” him for his “publicity stunts”. The general trolling of the ‘attention-seeking’ minister followed too as people congratulated the players saying “despite his presence” India could win.
Few even went to the extent of blaming him for BJP’s Delhi debacle, when the AAP reduced the party to a mere three seats in the Assembly.
This is not the first time the sports minister irked the common public. People lambasted him for his selfies during the Rio Olympics. While Indian athletes failed to secure berths on the medal table, he went around clicking pictures and selfies after every bout. Reports also emerged that he had violated several norms advised by the Olympics Committee bringing much shame to the nation.
An intelligent user predicted his action way before it all happened just as he was spotted at the finals.
— Surgical Maithun (@Being_Humor) October 22, 2016
Angered by all the trolling and criticism the minister also reacted on Twitter and replied:
@taneja_nipun I went to cheer for the team and was also invited to present the trophy, you are free to interpret as per your wish.
— Vijay Goel (@VijayGoelBJP) October 22, 2016
Here is how people on Twitter reacted to his posing with the Kabaddi stars:
Hankering for cheap publicity, trying to steal attention from players.
Get out of the way. No one wants to see you. pic.twitter.com/A5E9VHo92M
— The Indian Interest (@IndianInterest) October 22, 2016
@IndianInterest the height was one lady had to request him n Janardhan Gehlot to step aside n let the team celebrate.. Pathetic
— Yogesh Kokatay (@yogesh0607) October 22, 2016
— Nipun Taneja (@taneja_nipun) October 22, 2016
@VijayGoelBJP You were asked 2 just ‘present’ the trophy. Just look at international events and you’ll know how to ‘present’.
— Nipun Taneja (@taneja_nipun) October 23, 2016
— DontBuyChinaProducts (@hater007) October 23, 2016
— Monica Sharma (@mons_sh) October 22, 2016
— what are you then?? (@Rabid_Troll) October 22, 2016
— Arthshastri (@Arthshastri) October 22, 2016
@IndianInterest “Mera naam Vijay (Goel) hai, main India ko jitaane k liye kahin bhi ghus sakta hoon”
— Amit (@AMITSIDSHARMA) October 23, 2016
— Mahendra Baahubali (@sk00monu) October 22, 2016
India came from behind and won their 8th consecutive Kabaddi world cup and they did this with Vijay Goel in the audience.
— Angad Singh Ranyal (@PiratedSardar) October 22, 2016
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