Updated: January 26, 2017 8:04:56 pm
Union defence minister Manohar Parrikar paid tribute to the martyrs at Amar Jawan Jyoti before the commencement of Republic Day parade at Rajpath, but that’s not what caught people’s attention on social media. Unfortunately, the minister was clicked at the moment when his eyes were shut while the proceedings were underway. Twitterati’s given the verdict that he was taking a nap as he had to wake up early in the morning for the ceremony.
Parrikar’s picture has gone viral on social media and jokes are abound. Some are even furious because and want to remind him of all the statements about always keeping in mind the sacrifice of the soldiers. “This Republic Day, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar shows our women and men in uniform how much he appreciates their hard work and valour,” wrote a user. “Mananiya Raksha Mantri is all ears, attentive as ever, while-soldiers-are-on-the-border…,” wrote another.
It’s not the first time a politician has been caught napping during an important event. Last year, Rahul Gandhi was caught napping in Parliament and what followed were pictures of Union textile minister Smriti Irani and even Prime Minister Narendra Modi sleeping during sessions of Parliament.
Check out what people have to say about Parrikar.
Mananiya Raksha Mantri is all ears, attentive as ever, while-soldiers-are-on-the-border…. pic.twitter.com/jVDn0AoN9g
— Salil Tripathi (@saliltripathi) January 26, 2017
This Republic Day, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar shows our women and men in uniform how much he appreciates their hard work and valour pic.twitter.com/rMRGCgJcsM
— Praveen Swami (@praveenswami) January 26, 2017
— ashfaque (@AshfaqueNabi) January 26, 2017
— QueenBee ♕ (@vaidehisachin) January 26, 2017
— Invincible (@i_me_my5elf) January 26, 2017
— Fakeer बाबा (@skull_baba) January 26, 2017
— TinaRG (@hiindustanii) January 26, 2017
— Samar (@Samar_Anarya) January 26, 2017
Our hard working defence minister. 😪 pic.twitter.com/u3wF0kaquX
— नवेन्दु (@NavenduSingh_) January 26, 2017
— Sarcasm (@SarcasticRofl) January 26, 2017
— INC Ann Nadar#WithRG (@Aneela_7) January 26, 2017
Power nap with destiny pic.twitter.com/8699FJ0bjJ
— Krish Ashok (@krishashok) January 26, 2017
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