Two senior BJP leaders were left with embarrassment after they set Twitter buzz with criticism by “wishing happiness” on the occasion of Good Friday, a day observed to commemorate the crucifixion of Jesus Christ.
Mr Sharma later deleted his tweet.
“May you be blessed with goodness and prosperity. Happy #GoodFriday,” Mr Sharma had tweeted, while Mr Hussain said, “Warm Greetings on #GoodFriday to all of you!”
The irony of “greetings” on the solemn occasion was not lost on Twitterati who called for “classes” on how “not to wish” while a few pointed out that the tweets were in “bad taste”.
Mr Sharma later corrected his faux pas and tweeted,
I wish you all blessings of #GoodFriday as a dedication to the sacrifice of Lord Jesus Christ and to remember his noble and pious thoughts
— Dr. Mahesh Sharma (@dr_maheshsharma) March 25, 2016
BJP leader Shahnawaz Hussain tweeted, “Warm Greetings on #GoodFriday to all of you!”. He later deleted his tweet but there were reactions.
@OfficeOfRG teaching BJPians what 2 say on #GoodFriday 😝 @maheshsharmaBJP @ShahnawazBJP @narendramodi @Pankaj_kapse https://t.co/5WFXMNIlrd
— Nasrul Hoda (@nasrulhoda73) March 25, 2016
Why are people like Mahesh Sharma and Shahnawaz not aware of “Good Friday”
— Chandru (@ChandrusWeb) March 25, 2016
@dr_maheshsharma u howl so much on culture makes it clear that fundamentals r hollow! Bk to school pls, get history lessons n then teach us!
— shyam agrawal (@shyag75) March 26, 2016
Embarrassing goofs by BJP Netas #GoodFriday. Desperate attempt to shed abhorred Hindutva image lands them Red faced. pic.twitter.com/B2hzGyODjR
— Maharashtra Congress (@mahcongress) March 26, 2016
@dr_maheshsharma, @ShahnawazBJP #GoodFriday is observed as a day of prayers. We expected more awareness frm a doc and a culture minister.
— Shinoj KOSHY (@ShinojKoshy) March 26, 2016