Prime Minister Narendra Modi got down to the business of christening flowers during his two-day trip to the Northeast, and part of his itinerary was unveiling three locally developed orchid varieties at a flower show in Gangtok, Sikkim.
Soon after the event on Monday, the Prime Minister’s Twitter account promptly announced the names of the flowers – Cymbidium Sardar and Lycaste Deendayal. Sikkim chief minister Pawan Chamling had the honour of naming the third Cymbidium Namo, after the Prime Minister himself.
PM named two Orchid varieties developed in Sikkim Cymbidium Sardar & Lycaste Deendayal. Sikkim CM named the 3rd one Cymbidium Namo.— PMO India (@PMOIndia) January 18, 2016
It didn’t take long for the ever-vigilant social media to take note of this development. Some pointed out that this wasn’t the first time a flower had been named after a political leader – referring to Kimjongilia, a flower named after late North Korean leader Kim Jong-il.
Others used the newly christened flowers to pick on the Prime Minister’s frequent trips abroad.
Sources say that 'Cymbidium Namo' variety of Orchid will be exported out of country & won't be available in India ;) https://t.co/tzQd6ZgmOC— Tathagat Khandelwal (@IAmTathagat) January 18, 2016
The witticisms didn’t stop there.
@sidin What happens if the orchids turn out to be not saffron?— Jayaditya (@jayaditya) January 18, 2016
Kejriwal's housekeeping staff: Sir, which flower should i get for the flower vase? Kejriwal: Anything other than Cymbidium Namo ??— Rajesh (@RJKO78) January 18, 2016
And the fourth one should be Cymbidium Amit Supariam Shah https://t.co/RFQAn5Teik— Bemused (@make_itpossible) January 18, 2016
Modiji is like, you made me sell my favourite monogrammed suit. Now this is my revenge. Cymbidium Namo. https://t.co/RA4gNY4spX— ?????? ! (@Vairagyai) January 18, 2016
Some said this development was reminiscent of the time former UP chief minister Mayawati erected statues of herself across the state, costing the exchequer crores of rupees.
I was good with Sardar and Deendayal, but Cymbidium Namo is a bit like Mayawati erecting her own statues. https://t.co/K06lWW6Iv7— Ajeet Bharti (@ajeetbharti) January 18, 2016