Updated: June 26, 2021 1:21:01 pm
Amid the trying times of coronavirus pandemic, we could all use a bit of humour. And spreading some smiles on Twitter is Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri, who decided to “lighten the mood a bit” by joining in on a Santa Banta joke on the microblogging site. Now, the minister’s candid post has left many laughing online.
As there has been a lot of uproar surrounding the naming of the Navi Mumbai airport in Maharashtra, the Union Minister engaged with a tweet which suggested that the upcoming airport can be named ‘Bantacruz’.
His reply was to an old tweet from 2019 by singer-actor Suchitra Krishnamoorthi, who jokingly had said that Banta sent a letter to the Aviation Minister requesting the airport be named after him, as his brother Santa already has one named after him! The minister sharing the screenshot of the tweet admitted that the Ministry of Civil Aviation receives many requests for naming and renaming of existing and airports under construction.
“To lighten the mood a bit, I want to inform my friend Banta that his formal proposal has not yet been received by us!” the minister quipped.
The Ministry of Civil Aviation receives many requests for naming & renaming of existing & under construction airports.
— Hardeep Singh Puri (@HardeepSPuri) June 23, 2021
The sweet reply by the minister left netizens in splits online. Many praised his sense of humour, including the actor-singer who had tweeted the original post. As the tweet garnered attention online, others joined in the fun with their own requests.
Haha. Stay well and witty sir. Love and respect always 🙏 https://t.co/dZd3ss8RfB
— Suchitra Krishnamoorthi (@suchitrak) June 23, 2021
— Dipankar Sengupta (@dsen68) June 24, 2021
— Abhishek Kumar (@Abhiskum) June 24, 2021
This means, abhi bhi chance hai. https://t.co/OtJ0irv1gW
— Rebel (@DaEternalRebel) June 23, 2021
@HardeepSPuri Sir on behalf of Santa Banta they both agreed to share the name of SantaBantacruz” airport 😀😀😂😂😜😜
You just have one for them otherwise there third brother Santa will be coming on Christmas to claim the name 😆😆 https://t.co/HajOvZlo1s
— Pankaj Ahluwalia (@Pankwalia) June 23, 2021
That’s an awesome response! https://t.co/Y5qJf0KSwK
— Dhananjay Nakhate (@dhananjay) June 23, 2021
तूसी छा गए sir ji
— Nationalist Citizen (@Electricman1981) June 24, 2021
😀😀😀😀😀such an answer adds admirers 👍
— Dilawar Singh (@dilawarjrh) June 23, 2021
How about JantaCruz Airport sir? After all it’s all about Janta!!
— Anoop Pabby (@Anooppabby) June 23, 2021
A little humour and light hearted banter from your official twitter handle is appreciated.
— Captain Bandicoot (@Captbandicoot) June 23, 2021
Puri’s tweet comes at a time when locals have been protesting over the naming of the under-construction Navi Mumbai airport after late socialist leader D B Patil. Amid speculation of protests on June 24 against naming, where local groups have called to gherao the CIDCO office, the Navi Mumbai police has made massive security arrangements in the city and deployed police personnel to avoid any kind of untoward incident.
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