New Delhi: The main opposition Congress on Thursday took a jibe at the Prime Minister over his ‘lap of honour’ with his Australian counterpart Anthony Albanese at the Narendra Modi Stadium, named after him, ahead of the fourth and final India vs Australia Test match. in Ahmedabad. Congress national spokesperson Jairam Ramesh tweeted on Twitter, “Doing a lap of honor at the stadium you named yourself during your lifetime – the height of narcissism.”
Through a separate tweet, the Congress mocked the Prime Minister for receiving an artwork from BCCI secretary Jay Shah to mark 75 years of India-Australia cricket friendship.
A tweet from Congress party’s official handle said, “Narendra Modi Ji receiving Narendra Modi’s photo at Narendra Modi Stadium from the son of Narendra Modi’s friend. son of.)”.
The tweets mocking the PM came soon after BCCI secretary Jay Shah presented a framed artwork to Prime Minister Narendra Modi ahead of the start of the fourth and final Test in the Border-Gavaskar series at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad.
See PM Narendra Modi honored by BCCI Secretary Jai Shah
Shri Jai Shah, Honorary Secretary, BCCI presents the artwork prepared to celebrate 75 years of friendship with Australia through Cricket to the Hon’ble Prime Minister of India Shri Narendra Modiji. @narendramodi , @PMOIndia , @JayShah , #TeamIndia , #INDvAUS , @mastercardindia pic.twitter.com/nmDJwq2Yer— BCCI (@BCCI) March 9, 2023
This artwork was presented to him on the occasion of completion of 75 years of friendship with Australia through cricket. Australian PM Anthony Albanese also reached the Narendra Modi Stadium to witness the first day of the final Test match of Border Gavaskar Trophy 2023. PM Modi welcomed his Australian counterpart at the world’s largest stadium venue. Albanese and PM Modi also watched the first hour of the game between India and Australia.
The two prime ministers did a lap of honor at the stadium before the match and were greeted with thunderous applause. After that, Australia captain Steve Smith won the toss and opted to bat against India for the fourth and final Test of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy series.
Earlier, Gujarat Governor Acharya Devvrat, Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel and State Home Minister Harsh Shanghvi received PM Modi at the venue. BCCI President Roger Binny was also present at the ceremony.
India is currently leading 2-1 in the series. However, the hosts need to win the final Test outright to qualify for the final of the ICC World Test Championship, where they will face Australia from June 7 in London.