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A PM’s address that set social media afire with speculation

Press Trust of India New Delhi | Updated on March 27, 2019 Published on March 27, 2019

In this video grab taken from Prime Minister Narendra Modi's official twitter handle, Modi announces the success of Mission Shakti, India’s anti-satellite missile capability, in New Delhi, on Wednesday, March 27, 2019.   -  PTI

Another Emergency? Got Dawood Ibrahim, Masood Azhar or Hafiz Saeed, ask Twitterati

While the nation waited for the Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s address to the nation, anxiously counting the minutes before his “important message”, speculation spiralled – would it be about Emergency, bringing back Dawood Ibrahim or killing Masood Azhar?

As the designated hour of 12 noon came and went, jokes on Twitter gathered pace. With memories of that fateful November 2016 evening, when Modi announced the demonetisation of high-value currency notes, still fresh, jokes about people running to the ATM and counting cash started doing the rounds.

“I would be addressing the nation at around 11:45 am - 12.00 noon with an important message. Do watch the address on television, radio or social media,” the Prime Minister tweeted on Wednesday morning, sending Twitteratti into a tizzy.

The address finally started at 12.25 pm, but social media users bombarded Twitter with their speculations while they waited.

Among them was former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah who tweeted, “He’s declaring the results of the Lok Sabha elections. #JustSaying.”

“Dawood arrested brought back? Hafiz Saeed or Masood Azhar eliminated?#PMtoaddressnation,” wondered a social media user, Sagar Rai.

Pictures of former prime minister Indira Gandhi addressing the country to announce the imposition of Emergency were also circulating on the microblogging site.

“Have added my CA on the speed dial list #PM to address nation,” said Niharika Rana.

“#PMModi ji is going to address the nation today. I am already at the ATM,” quipped a user Amir Pathan.

Twitter-user Gaurish Salunke shot off a flurry of guesses, “Another #Demonetisation? Did they catch Masood Azhar or Dawood? Are we taking over Pakistan? OMG I am #anxious now.”

One Twitter user posted a picture of Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan getting his blood pressure checked. “#PMModi’s announcement to address the nation just tested Imran Khan’s BP for a while,” read the caption.

“Congress has already sent a delegation to Election Commission to complain model code violation, Rahul preparing for Press Conference #PM to address the nation,” another user tweeted.

Earlier in the day, the Cabinet Committee on Security met at the Prime Minister’s residence, setting off further speculation.

But all speculations were set at rest when the Prime Minister announced that India had demonstrated anti-satellite missile capability by shooting down a live satellite, describing it as a rare achievement that puts the country in an exclusive club of space super powers.

“In the journey of every nation there are moments that bring utmost pride and have a historic impact on generations to come. One such moment is today,” he said in an unprecedented broadcast to the nation on television, radio and social media.

Published on March 27, 2019
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