Prime Minister Narendra Modi expanded his Union Council of Ministers on Tuesday by inducting 19 new faces at a ceremony in the Darbar Hall of the Rashtrapati Bhavan. And while most ministers and politicians attended the ceremony, one prominent person was missing – External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj.
As soon as the media noticed she was absent, they took it as an opportunity to flash it as breaking news with the headline ‘Sushma skips Oath Ceremony’.
But Swaraj, who missed the event because of her meeting with the Foreign Minister of Hungary, was probably anticipating such a thing. She knew that her absence would be noticed and talked about. So, when her absence became a topic of debate in newsrooms, she took a dig at the media.
Media – Pl avoid the headline : ‘Sushma skips Oath Ceremony’.
— Sushma Swaraj (@SushmaSwaraj) July 5, 2016
Her tweet, which was retweeted nearly 1500 times and liked by as many as 2000 of her fans and followers on Twitter, went viral within hours of posting.
Social media users commented, approving Swaraj’s tweet to the media and applauding the minister for her great sense of humour.
@SushmaSwaraj that’s quite intelligent mam . Prevention is better than cure
— Praveen Khandelwal (@praveendel) July 5, 2016
Some fans appreciated the subtle yet hard-hitting way in which the minister made her point.
@SushmaSwaraj Ha ha! Bow to your sense of sarcasm…Subtle & hard hitting!
— Niket Nabriya (@NiketNabriya1) July 5, 2016
@SushmaSwaraj LOL! reshuffled and hereby promoted by your followers for your sense of timely humor!
— Ravishankar R (@rvshankar) July 5, 2016
— Atish Kumar Vatts (@atish_vatts) July 5, 2016
— vived agnihotri (@VivedAgnihotri) July 5, 2016
@SushmaSwaraj sushmaji in jokey mood!!! 😄😄😄
— MukhiaJi (@mukhiasudeep) July 5, 2016
@SushmaSwaraj humourous maximus 🙂
— ChotiWala (@s4n4u) July 5, 2016
Power of Social Media, showcased by Hon Min in very straight & simple manner👍👏🙏
— Ramesh Deshpande (@Hey_Raam) July 5, 2016
And others thought even the AIB team needs a lesson or two on roasting from the minister…
— रचित तिवारी (@rachitst) July 5, 2016