Faux pas: Chief protocol officer asks two Prime Ministers Modi, Hasina to step down

08 April 2017, 09:00 PM
Narendra Modi and Sheikh Hasina (Image: PTI)
Narendra Modi and Sheikh Hasina (Image: PTI)

In a faux pas, the Chief Protocol Officer anchoring a ceremony on signing of MoUs after talks Prime Minister Narendra Modi had with his Bangladesh counterpart Sheikh Hasina, said two Prime Ministers to step down.  

“May I now request the two prime ministers to step down,” said the Chief Protocol Officer. The comment left almost everyone at the event in splits.

What the officer meant was to request Modi and Hasina to come down from a raised platform and release a Hindi translation of unfinished memoirs of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.

The event had taken place at Hyderabad House where Modi and Hasina witnessed exchange of MoUs between the two sides and released the book besides launching a new bus and train service between Kolkata and Khulna in Bangladesh.

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As his comments drew loud laughter from media persons and some officials, the protocol officer, after a pause, said, “I now request the two prime ministers who have not stepped down to jointly release the Hindi translation of the unfinished memoir of Bangabandhu Mujibur Rahman.”

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First Published: Saturday, April 08, 2017 08:55 PM
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