An old image of a hoarding put up by a BJP leader, which described chief minister Trivendra Singh Rawat’s ‘Thailand’ tour as “historic”, has once again caught the frenzy of social media, causing embarrassment to the ruling party.
In April 2018, BJP’s former Dehradun president Umesh Agarwal displayed a hoarding close to the chief minister’s residence which read:
“We congratulate Shri Trivendra Singh Rawat for returning from a historic tour of Thailand.”
The photo of the hoarding which had faced massive social media roasting last year, is being trolled on networking sites once again.
As per media reports, Agarwal was seeking a party ticket for mayoral elections and thus he highlighted the Thailand tour of his CM in an attempt to win some brownie points. After the controversy over the hoarding, Agarwal had gone incommunicado. Calls to his both cell phones are diverted to his assistant’s number.
When BJP state president Ajay Bhatt was contacted by media, he said:
“The hoarding I believe was displayed with a good intention”. He advised party leaders to avoid “unnecessary publicity”.
Infact just after this controversy, Narendra Modi while interacting with party lawmakers said,
“We make mistakes and give masala (fodder) to the media… as if we are great social scientists and experts to analyse issues.”
The CM was in Thailand with a posse of officials from April 16 to 19 last year. The tour was organised by the Indian embassy in Thailand. An official note said the CM held talks with industry leaders about possibility of investment opportunities in the Himalayan state, particularly in the field of food processing and hospitality.