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Delhi confidential: Missing the mark

While Prabhu and Sharma tweeted “Happy Good Friday”, Heptulla tweeted “warm greetings” and Pradhan also followed suit.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: March 26, 2016 3:48:01 am
Minority Affairs Minister Najma Heptulla Minority Affairs Minister Najma Heptulla

Some union ministers were caught on the wrong foot on Twitter Friday. Tweeting about Good Friday, which was trending on the website, Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu, Minority Affairs Minister Najma Heptulla, Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan and Culture Minister Mahesh Sharma tweeted “good wishes” to the public on a day that marks the crucifixion of Christ. While Prabhu and Sharma tweeted “Happy Good Friday”, Heptulla tweeted “warm greetings” and Pradhan also followed suit.

This prompted people to point out that the ministers were off the mark. BJP leader Shahnawaz Hussain also joined in with “warm greetings” later. But the ministers probably realised their gaffe once the Prime Minister tweeted that “Good Friday is a day of prayer & a day to remember the noble, pious & compassionate thoughts of Jesus Christ”. After that, the ministers promptly deleted their tweets and posted revised versions. Prabhu’s new tweet mentioned “the passion, suffering, death on the cross of the Jesus Christ (sic)”, while Sharma wrote about the “dedication to the sacrifice of Lord Jesus Christ”. Heptulla and Pradhan chose to remain silent on the topic after deleting their tweets.


A power failure in the Environment Ministry in August last year, when the Prime Minister was interacting with secretaries over video conferencing, had led to the constitution of a committee to inquire into the causes and suggest remedial measures. The committee has now given its report, concluding that the situation could have been avoided if the electrical supply lines and various equipment had been checked regularly, and especially before VIP events. It has also suggested that the electric supply company must, henceforth, be informed about such VVIP events in advance to ensure uninterrupted power.

Taken by surprise

Cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan, who was in India recently, discovered that his ex-wife Reham Khan was also in the country. While the couple separated a while ago, Imran apparently asked acquaintances if “RK” was also travelling to Kolkata to watch the India-Pakistan cricket match. It is not yet known if the two met in India.

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