In a candid and non-political conversation with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, actor Akshay Kumar asked Prime Minister Modi if he actively follows people on Twitter and the conversations taking place on the social media.
During the conversation, Akshay Kumar asked Prime Minister Modi whether he himself follows and interact with the people on the micro-blogging site Twitter. Responding to Akshay Kumar, PM Modi brought up the name of the actor’s wife Twinkle Khanna and shared his experience regarding the criticism he receives from the former actress.
— ANI (@ANI) April 24, 2019
“I follow you (Akshay Kumar) and Twinkle Khanna Ji on Twitter. From the way she targets me, I understand there must be peace in your family life,” said PM Modi, leaving Akshay Kumar in splits. “She takes out all her anger on me, so your marital life at home must be peaceful,” joked PM Modi.
The apparent reference of Twinkle Khanna’s tweets by PM Modi comes as a response to the usual criticism mounted by the former actress against the NDA government, particularly against PM Modi. On one side, while actor Akshay Kumar acknowledges the positive transformation that is being brought in the country under the leadership of Narendra Modi, his wife Twinkle Khanna holds a rather opposite view on the present government.
The PM also mentioned that he had known and interacted with Khanna’s maternal grandfather in the past when some Mumbai-based businessmen had provided help to run buttermilk kiosks in Gujarat for the poor.
In the past, Twinkle Khanna has attempted to mock Prime Minister Modi but only to be embarrassed for making such comments. Last year, Twinkle Khanna had mocked the idea of Acche Din by claiming that how every day is April Fool’s day for us and that we Indians just call it as ‘Acche Din’.
Twinkle Khanna, daughter of former Congress MP Rajesh Khanna, in the past has used false equivalence to ridicule some of the initiatives of Prime Minister Modi. In one such issue, she had tried to attack the NDA government for taxing sanitary pads with misleading facts and narratives.
Following the interview, Twinkle Khanna reacted on Twitter, “I have a rather positive way of looking at this – Not only is the Prime Minister aware that I exist but he actually reads my work.”