06 February 2019
Bhubaneswar: Prime Minister Narendra Modi was seen waving with all spirits from a boat during a Dal Lake cruise on February 3.
The video shot by a news agency, which accompanied the PM during his one-day trip to Kashmir was posted on Twitter.
It shows Modi enjoying the boat ride and waving from the heavily armed vessel’s deck. But viewers were perplexed, whom was the PM waving at?
The only other people seen in the 64-second video are the security men, some in Modi’s boat and the rest in nearby vessels. No civilian was seen anywhere. Modi is seen enjoying the lake’s serene surroundings and the view of the snow-packed Zabarwan hills. He then starts waving in all directions.
Former CM of J&K Omar Abdullah was quick to quip on Twitter, “This camera person has done the Hon PM a huge disservice by not showing all the people furiously waving back because there is no way the PM would be waving at an empty lake.” Mehbooba Mufti posted a meme of a waving hand and said that Modi was waving at the BJP’s “countless imaginary friends” in Kashmir.
Police sources said no civilian movement had been allowed on the road flanking the Dal Lake over a stretch of several kilometers. Even tourists were not allowed shikara rides during these two-and-a-half days.