New Delhi: A brief teleprompter malfunction during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s speech at World Economic Forum on Monday that led PM to an abrupt silence and throwing technical excuses on screen also gave a lot of fodder to his critics. Taking a jibe at PM, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday, tweeted: “Even the teleprompter could not take so many lies.”
Video of the speech showed Modi looking to his left side repeatedly and then asking Klaus Schwab, the executive chairman of the WEF, whether his speech and his interpreter’s voice could be heard properly.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the World Economic Forum’s Davos Agenda summit online on the first day of the five-day event on Monday, joining a host of other global leaders who will share their visions for the state of the world in 2022.
The teleprompter malfunction occurred during his address and seemed to catch PM Modi off guard and he had to stop midway while talking. The incident took and continued to trend on Twitter at number 1 since then. However, once the apparent glitch was rectified, Modi started his speech all over again.
Modi addressing the World Economic Forum. See what happens when the teleprompter hangs up! pic.twitter.com/v7ZUTu8mEp
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After Rahul Gandhi shared the tweet on Tuesday, Twitter users shared an old video of the Congress leader where he can be seen telling mediapersons: “Narendra Modi cannot speak on his own. He reads from a teleprompter that is operated by a controller.”
A number of Congress-linked handles took note of the Davos speech. The official Congress Twitter handle claimed, “We were robbed by the teleprompter…” and used the hashtag TeleprompterPM.
Congress MP Karti Chidambaram had a satirical take on the incident. He tweeted, “A commission of enquiry should be formed, international conspiracy angle must be probed.”
Gujarat MLA Jignesh Mevani, who won in the 2017 assembly election with Congress support, alleged Modi could target the “teleprompter operator”. Mevani wrote, “Worried about teleprompter operator. We all know how vindictive he can get, especially when it’s his own inadequacies are exposed.”
Talking about Modi’s special address at the Davos Agenda summit, PM outlined the reforms implemented by his administration to address the country’s retrospective taxation problem.
He also mentioned his government’s asset monetisation efforts and large-scale infrastructure projects underway in India.