BJP leaders Mahesh Sharma and Shahnawaz Hussain learnt a lesson on Friday: you don’t wish people “happy Good Friday”. The two politicians were ridiculed after they tweeted just that.
“May you be blessed with goodness and prosperity. Happy #GoodFriday,” tweeted Sharma, union culture minister who has earlier got into controversy for saying girls going out at night was not part of Indian culture and former President APJ Abdul Kalam was a nationalist and a humanist “despite being a Muslim”.
Hussain, a former civil aviation minister, tweeted: “Warm Greetings on #GoodFriday to all of you!”
Twitter users reacted by calling them “dumbo, unaware and graduates of Modi university”.
Isn't good Friday a day of mourning? Would somebody tell our Dumbo ministers not to bestow ppl wid their 'wishes'? #heightsofjhumla— Sundaresasubramanian (@sundarbandar) March 25, 2016
Why are people like Mahesh Sharma and Shahnawaz not aware of "Good Friday"— Chandru (@ChandrusWeb) March 25, 2016
All the ministers graduated from Modi University will wish everyone a happy good friday...— Slavi (@nxsaif) March 25, 2016
A whole lot of politicians across different parties & ministers of Union Govt are tweeting greetings for Good Friday!— Tina Edwin (@tinaedwin) March 25, 2016
Blissfully ignorant :(
@ShahnawazBJP Mr Husain today is the day Christ was crucified. It is a day of sadness. Your greetings are in very bad taste.— Vikram Batra (@vjsbatra) March 25, 2016
Sharma deleted his tweet but people took screenshots of it. He later replaced the post with another tweet acknowledging Good Friday, saying, “I wish you all blessings of #GoodFriday as a dedication to the sacrifice of Lord Jesus Christ and to remember his noble and pious thoughts.”
I wish you all blessings of #GoodFriday as a dedication to the sacrifice of Lord Jesus Christ and to remember his noble and pious thoughts— Dr. Mahesh Sharma (@dr_maheshsharma) March 25, 2016
Shahnawaz kept his post --retweeted 67 times by his followers -- all of Friday. It was only late in the evening that he seemed to have realised his folly as he deleted the tweet wishing his followers ‘warm greetings’ on Good Friday’.
What remains on his timeline now is a retweet of prime minister Narendra Modi’s message on the religious festival.
“Good Friday is a day of prayer & a day to remember the noble, pious & compassionate thoughts of Jesus Christ, that touched many lives,” Modi had tweeted.