Cymbidium Namo: PM’s floral namesake tickles Twitter

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Jan 19, 2016 10:32 IST
Prime Minister Modi posing with the Cymbidium named in his honour. (Photo courtesy: PMO’s official Twitter handle)

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.

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.

The witticisms didn’t stop there.

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.

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