Like a Pakistani political gaffe, Indian leaders were left embarrassed on stage as well. Former Congress MLA (Member Lok Assembly) Surendar Kumar made a gaffe at a public rally. Instead of chanting the name of his leader Priyanka Gandhi, Kumar chanted Priyanka Chopra’s name.
While cheering for party leaders, Congressman Kumar screamed: “Sonia Gandhi Zindabad (long-live Sonia Gandhi), Congress Party Zindabad, Rahul Gandhi Zindabad, Priyanka Chopra Zindabaad!” – while hailing Sonia and Rahul Gandhi, Kumar unintentionally praised the name of Priyanka Chopra.
A chant that certainly would have made Nick Jonas happy, did not go so well with other members of Congress. Soon after, Kumar apologized and corrected his stance by screaming: “Priyanka Gandhi Zindabaad!”
This act served as banter material for other politicians, including Akali Dal leader and MLA Manjinder Singh Sirsa. Sirsa was the first to take digs at Surendar Kumar stating: “In the Congress rally, slogans are being raised for Priyanka Chopra. It seems the whole party is Pappu.”
Congress at an election rally in New Delhi –
PRIYANKA CHOPRA.. ZINDABAAD ✊
प्रियंका चोपड़ा.. ज़िंदाबाद ✊ ??
Congress party runs a Comedy Circus and their election rallies are Great Indian Laughter Show. ???? pic.twitter.com/QFltQIyZZz
— ?ʟᴛᴇЯ Ǝɢ๏ ツ (@Alter_Ego45) December 1, 2019
Moreover, Sirsa’s initiation only served as an invitation for others to start trolling the Congress leader.
Priyanka Chopra hated on social media
Priyanka Chopra never seems to run away from the limelight or headlines, intentionally or unintentionally. Soon after confirming her affair with rockstar Nick Jonas, Chopra married her young husband in a dream wedding. Since then, she has been in the headlines one way or the other. From her ‘shaxy shaxy shaari’ fail video to her stance on Kashmir and war with Pakistan, Priyanka Chopra is one of the hottest topics of debate on Twitter.
There was also a time when it was being rumored that Nick and Priyanka were heading for a divorce.
One point of explanation for the ‘Priyanka Chopra Zindabaad’ gaffe is present though. Surendar Kumar wanted to chang Priyanka Gandhi zindabad. However, standing next to him was Congress leader Subhash Chopra. Nervous and loud, Kumar made the mistake of merging Subhash Chopra’s name with Priyanka Gandhi, presenting Priyanka Chopra, which is a very famous name in India.
But, people have not been focusing on this explanation much and have gone on to troll Congress as much as they wanted. This was a huge opportunity for BJP trolls to sly their way into revenge.
However, in politics, such gaffes are always smirked and joked upon. Since it is considered as a very serious matter, political circles often joke about such faux passes. Such mistakes are rampant in Pakistan’s political circles as well. Moreover, many politicians including PM Imran Khan and other senior leaders have made such mistakes, but that is because to err is human after all.