After a successful visit to USA, which set Twitter abuzz, PM Modi’s visit to Australia is witnessing similar social media conversations.
From a special train named Modi Express, carrying supporters to hear his speech in Sydney, to Modi unveiling Mahatma Gandhi’s statue in Brisbane, the visit has captured the Indian diaspora’s attention just as it has media reports rolling in with the PM’s another successful round of oratory in Brisbane and Sydney.
Almost 16,000 people attended his speech at Sydney’s Allphone Arena yesterday.
Twitter conversations also took an interesting turn as netizens expressed their disapproval of Congress’ Salman Khurshid reportedly doubting the genuineness of the crowds that gather for the PM (implying that Modi takes his own people along).
Some highlights from the speech that the crowd gave an enthusiastic and animated response to:
“It takes less than a day to reach Australia but it took an (Indian) PM 28 years to come to Australia.”
“Sydney is a beautiful city and Australia is a beautiful country. Neither Australia nor India can live without cricket.”
“Had there been no democracy, would I have been here?”
“Mother India will lead the world once again.”
“I see no reason why India should stay behind.”
“I want to do small things for small people.”
“No one (read Reserve Bank of India) says no to the PM.” (in reference to Jan Dhan Yojana which enables poor families to have bank accounts)
“In the last ten weeks, 71 million bank accounts have been opened.”
“Poor people have deposited Rs 5000 crore in banks.”
“Contribute in your native towns for the cause of Swachch Bharat. I invite you.”
“We must learn dignity of labour from Australia.”
“Cleaning, picking garbage is a highly respectable act.”
“We have decided to allow 100% FDI in Railways.”
“Within your love and welcome, lie expectations, I know.”
“It’s not the government, but the citizens who make a country.”
“Previous governments enjoyed making laws, I enjoy destroying them. Let fresh air in, let people breathe.”
“Those with PIO will get a lifetime visa.”
#ModiInAustralia & #SydneyStorm were the top two trending hashtags generating maximum conversations around the speech at Sydney and Modi’s visit to Australia.
Below are some tweets
You can watch the speech here