The Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi attended his first press conference in five years today, however he failed to take any questions. Mr. Modi passed on the questions to his close friend and BJP president Amit Shah.
PM Modi said, “No, no, not me. We don’t speak in front of the president.”
Soon after the press conference social media termed Mr. Modi’s attendance as an “appearance.”
The prime minister who was voted to power in 2014, hasn’t addressed a single press conference since his swearing in ceremony. He always preferred to have a one sided conversation through his radio talks, or interact with celebrities to evade real questions.
Even if Mr. Modi has done a press conference, the media outlet was of his choice and probably the questions as well. The opposition, and specially Congress president Rahul Gandhi has attacked Mr. Modi multiple times challenging him to face the press.
Indian prime minister’s since its 72 years of independence have always addressed press meets until Mr. Modi took over in 2014.
Below are a few reactions to Mr. Modi’s press appearance from social media:-
Modi looked like that student who was asked to bring his father to school.#PressMeet
— Kiran Gandhi (@Kirangandhi) May 17, 2019
“PRESS” TEASED …🤪🤪Our CHOWKIDAR’s LAST press conference .. which happened to be the FIRST in 5 years .. TURNS into CONNING THE PRESS ….🤣🤣🤣 pic.twitter.com/VojbOSaBXh
— Prakash Raj (@prakashraaj) May 17, 2019
Today, a press conference became a press appearance!😌😄😄
— Rajdeep Sardesai (@sardesairajdeep) May 17, 2019
This is a press appearance.
NOT Modi ji's press conference.
Media should correct itself. pic.twitter.com/UG6Q9gHcD8
— Zainab Sikander (@zainabsikander) May 17, 2019
Congratulations Modi Ji. Excellent Press Conference! Showing up is half the battle. Next time Mr Shah may even allow you to answer a couple of questions. Well done! 👍
— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) May 17, 2019
BJP Press Conference
You ask Khaleesi a question
— Atul Khatri (@one_by_two) May 17, 2019
Modiji got confused between press conference and mann ki baat.
— Pratik Sinha (@free_thinker) May 17, 2019
It must have been really hard to keep quiet, especially for someone as chatty! Also when so many cameras were on him #firstpressconference
— Sweta Dutta (@swetadutta27) May 17, 2019
TV channels started by saying PM Modi's press conference.
Now they have changed it saying 'PM Modi at BJP briefing'.
— rama lakshmi (@RamaNewDelhi) May 17, 2019
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