Unlike demonetisation and India’s shooting down a satellite, there was no nail-biting wait for Modi to appear on TV. Instead, Modi just casually sat beside BJP president Amit Shah like this was an everyday affair and not something so rare that newsrooms around the country were waiting with bated breath, waiting to see if he would speak or not.
And then, Modi gave a speech like he normally does and laughingly deflected all questions to Amit Shah.
Breaking: Prime Minister Narendra Modi gives speech; BJP President Amit Shah holds press conference.— Somesh Jha (@someshjha7) May 17, 2019
Modi has often been mocked for his “scripted” interviews so of course people reminded him of that.
Apparently this needs restating, so here goes: press conference is an event where journalists ask people unscripted questions and they answer— Mihir Sharma (@mihirssharma) May 17, 2019
Today, a press conference became a press appearance!😌😄😄— Citizen/नागरिक/Dost Rajdeep (@sardesairajdeep) May 17, 2019
Since Modi and the BJP have often mocked former PM Manmohan Singh, comedian Kunal Kamra and others seized the opportunity.
*Thank you Modijii for press conference* pic.twitter.com/uQJ7TUoo8L— Kunal Kamra (@kunalkamra88) May 17, 2019
Some compared it to Gavaskar- Srikant batting.
PM- Amit Shah Press Conference is like Gavaskar- Srikant batting partnership- Srikant only batting and Gavaskar just keeping wicket and not hitting on balls 😎— J Gopikrishnan (@jgopikrishnan70) May 17, 2019
And another had a pertinent doubt.
From this “Press Conference” can we assume a vote for Modi is a vote for Amit Shah?— richa singh (@richa_singh) May 17, 2019
Just asking for a friendly neighbour.
Some thought this press conference was almost like Modi trolling the media.
Think PM Modi is trolling media by calling a press conference and letting Amit Shah answer all the questions— Ram (@ramprasad_c) May 17, 2019
This “berozgar chowkidaar” gave all the credit to Mahatma Gandhi, whose killer Nathuram Godse is once again in the headlines, thanks to Pragya Thakur’s praise.
A lot of people politely pointed out that Modi had gatecrashed Shah’s press conference.
So it wasn’t a press conference by the PM after all— Nidhi Razdan (@Nidhi) May 17, 2019
Oops! It wasn’t PM’s Press Conference. Amit Shah said PM is not supposed to answer every question. I am here to answer them. pic.twitter.com/Y6VxIgOWdC— Kitty Behal (@kittybehal10) May 17, 2019
Some said it was a miracle!
Ye kaisa press conference tha! Modi ji! 😂😂— Prasenjit Chakraborty (@PrasenjiTweets) May 17, 2019
Bonus: This Arnab joke by Kunal Kamra
Calling what Modi & Amit shah did right now a press conference is like calling Arnab Goswami a journalist.— Kunal Kamra (@kunalkamra88) May 17, 2019
This article originally appeared on HuffPost.