New Delhi, June 24: Congress' legislative leader in the Lok Sabha, Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, raised a demand in the Lok Sabha demanding the government to issue an proclaiming the moustache of Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman as the "national moustache" of India.
Chowdhary also called upon the Narendra Modi-led regime to award the Indian Air Force (IAF) braveheart, who successfully downed a Pakistani F-16 using MiG-21 Bison in the aerial dogfight on February 27. Pakistan Drags Wing Co. Abhinandan to Counter India's 'Mauka Mauka' Ad Ahead of World Cup Clash
"Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman should be awarded and his moustache should be made 'national moustache'," demanded Chowdhary, the lawmaker from West Bengal's Berhampore.
Update by ANI:
Congress Lok Sabha leader, Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury in Lok Sabha: Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman should be awarded and his moustache should be made 'national moustache'. (file pic of Abhinandan Varthaman) pic.twitter.com/0utFf61wwl
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Abhinandan emerged as an inspiration for scores for his role in the February 27 aerial dogfight against Pakistan.
The Wing Commander had landed into Pakistan's captivity following the brief skirmish. He was, however, released by the Imran Khan government across the border as a "gesture of peace" towards India.
Abhinandan's unique moustache has gained popularity ever since, with several Indians taking it to social media after spotting a similar moustache.