EM – Even teleprompters couldn’t take so many lies: Rahul stabs PM’s World Economic Forum address

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“After the teleprompter stopped working, PM Modi was unable to represent the country at the World Economic Forum,” the Youth Congress tweeted.

Published: Jan 18, 2022 5:36 PM |

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NEW DELHI: After Prime Minister Narendra Modi was forced to resume his Davos Agenda address, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi took a swipe on Tuesday, saying “even the teleprompter could not take so many lies,” although the BJP leaders pointed to a ‘technical error’. at the end of the organizer World Economic Forum.

There was no official response from the government or the WEF to the incident. Several congressional leaders and social media users claimed it was a “teleprompter faux pas” as Prime Minister Modi had to pause and then resume his special speech at the World Economic Forum’s Agenda 2022 online summit in Davos, but BJP leaders and many others did pointed out was a technical error, due to which the WEF people could not patch the PM and asked it to start over.

In an apparent argument with Prime Minister Modi, former Congress leader Rahul Gandhi said in a Hindi tweet: “Even the teleprompter couldn’t take that many lies.” The co-founder of fact-checking website Alt News, Pratik Sinha, said it was unlikely that the minister had a teleprompter slip.

“If you Watching the WEF version of the recording of his speech, someone in the background says, ‘Sir, aap unse ek baar pooche ki sab jud gaye kya’ (Sir, ask them if all are connected). This part is not clear in the video that is live streamed on PM’s YouTube channel.”

“Then the Prime Minister asks if he and the interpreter can be heard properly, to which (WEF Chief Executive) Klaus Schwab replies that he can.” However, Schwab interrupts the prime minister’s speech to give a brief introduction. The prime minister repeats the whole speech again,” Sinha said, recounting Monday night’s events during the prime minister’s address to several congress leaders however, attacked the Prime Minister over the incident.

Chief Speaker of Congress Randeep Surjewala said: “Teleprompter se bhashan chal sakta hai, shasan nahin. Kal ye poore desh ki samajh mein aa gaya (With a teleprompter one can Speech but don’t rule. The whole country understood that yesterday.) Congress shared on its official Twitter handle video of the Prime Minister pausing in his speech e and called him the “teleprompter guy”.

The Youth Congress tweeted, “After the teleprompter stopped working, PM Modi couldn’t represent the country at the World Economic Forum!”. In a tweet, BJP leader Tajinder Pal Singh Bagga slammed those who criticize the PM.

“Didn’t those upset about the technical error realize that the problem was at the end of the WEF? They couldn’t patch PM so they asked him to start again, which is evident in the way Klaus Schwab said he will again give a short introduction and then open the session,” he said.

Several other BJP leaders gave the same reason for the incident and some released a video on the WEF’s YouTube channel showing the sequence of events.

According to the video and related notes shared by BJP leaders Prime Minister Modi’s speech started abruptly off center with no English translation.

The Prime Minister was interrupted by the coordinator asking him to check if everything was connected, Schwab then started the official session and Modi started again with of his speech, with the English translation shared.

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