Modi trolled for not mentioning Eid in his speech
Addressing the nation on Tuesday, Narendra Modi said that he was extending the Gareeb Kalyan Yojana till November. In doing so, the Prime Minister spoke of festive-time spurt in consumer demand starting from July first week when India will begin to witness a slew of festivals. The PM took the name of these festivals: Guru Purnima, Ganesh Chaturthi, Diwali, Durga Puja, Chhath Puja, and Kati Bihu.
Modi, however, didn't mention Bakr-id in the list. His critics are lamenting that it only betrays his Islamophobic attitude. "The PM of a nation of with 172 million Muslims doesn't mention the festival of Eid (which is in August) in his address to the nation. He mentions EVERY festival that's in the coming months. Petty. No not pretty. I said petty," a journalist tweeted.
Author-reporter Saahil Murli Menghani tweeted that Modi mentioned a festival keeping the Bihar polls in mind. "Chhat puja is on November 20. A festival of huge significance to many states INCLUDING BIHAR. PM decided to stop at Nov 20. Had he gone 10 days ahead, he could have mentioned Gurpurab which is on Nov 30. Because elections are in Bihar & not in Punjab. He didn't even mention Eid," he wrote.