New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi had a slip of tongue while addressing the Bhutan Parliament today, when he mentioned "Nepal" while praising the Bhutan Royal family. This faux pas generated mass instant reactions on Twitter.
Modi, while acknowledging the Royal family, said, "I want to begin with a tribute to the Nepal...Bhutan royal family that ensured democratic values and protected people's rights..."
Instantly, tags like #Bhutan #Nepal and #TravelTipstoModi started trending on Twitter.
Here are some of the jokes flooding the social networking site:
@anuragkotoky: I see! MT @Svvamy39 Both Bhutan and Nepal are a part of Akhand Bharat. They will be a part of India very soon.Modi ji expressing the intent
@Smit_Meister: ROFL Modi calls Bhutan as Nepal in address to Bhutan Parliament.
@IStandWithAAP: Modi refers Bhutan as Nepal!!! National Embarrassment. shameful. Such a huge nonsense gaffe?!! #Illiterate
@BabaGlocal: Modi ji, remember you're not a Sanghi PM to the world, you're an Indian PM. Every brainless gaffe of yours affects everyone.
@MasalaBai: THIS. RT @Svvamy39 Both Bhutan, Nepal are part of Akhand Bharat. They will be part of India very soon. Modi ji is just expressing the intent
@aap_umesh: Our PM Modi Started His Speech In Bhutan And Finished It In Nepal. #SlipOfTounge #KahanHaiKalaDhan
@RD_justRD: I can understand Modi can get confused btwn Bhutan & Nepal. But how did he use Ladaakh? It seems he thinks Ladaakh is a foreign country.
@chetan_bhaqat: Will write an article explaining that modi calling Bhutan as Nepal or Ladakh shows he treats all neighbors as equal @ par with part of India
@Bshworaj: #modi #slipped "I want 2 begin with a tribute to the Nepal...Bhutan royal family that ensured democratic values n protected people's rights"
@rustamkandel: Mr Modi saved the money that would have been used for his Nepal trip. #TravelTipsToModi
@AjoyChatterjee: A 'Nepal' slippage in Bhutan is so far Rahul Gandhis's only consolation toffee. While Modi pumps in confidence in "B4B" Bharat 4 Bhutan ties
@PragyaTiwari: I'm trying to get this right. Modi referred to Bhutan as Nepal or Ladakh or (Heaven forbid), both?
@MEAIndia: Spontaniety! Audience in Bhutan's Parliament applaud spontaneously as @PMOIndia ends speech notwithstanding custom not to clap hands.
@NigelBritto: Bhutan: Clapping is not applause, but "only to ward off evil spirits". They clapped for Modi.
@sd268: And how do we know the Bhutanese weren't just clapping for the usual reason they clap? :)
@priyankac19: Heard PM Modi's trip to Nepal was a roaring success..oops Ladakh trip...oh wait sorry for the slip of tongue I meant Bhutan. ;)