A photograph of BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra, holding his shoes to save them from rain waters, went viral on social media on Tuesday. In the photo, Patra was seen along with Maharashtra BJP spokesperson Keshav Upadhye, both holding umbrellas.
The BJP spokesperson was in Mumbai to attend some party meetings and address a press conference, but he ended up wading through knee-deep water after heavy rains lashed the country’s financial capital — resulting in a viral picture on social media.
“There was a media-related party meeting, which he attended. The photograph was snapped at around 1 pm in Dadar area, before the scheduled media briefing, which was called off due to rains,” a party source told media.
“Held a meeting of the Media Department organised by @BJP4Maharashtra in Mumbai today!” Patra tweeted after the meeting. Hours later, Patra was seen participating in the evening news debates on various TV channels.
Interestingly, while the state BJP unit cancelled Patra’s media briefing citing rains as the cause, state education minister Vinod Tawde seemed to downplay Mumbaikars’ misery due to the incessant rains. The minister said there was no need to “create panic” over the rains. “Schools do not need to close today as the situation in Mumbai is not as bad as it was yesterday,” he said.
Normal life in Mumbai continues to be affected due to heavy rains lashing the city. For the last couple of days, the downpour has caused traffic snarls, with people being seen walking through knee-deep waters. Many “local” trains, the lifeline of Mumbai commuters, were either canceled or running late.
Twitterati wasted no time in expressing their reaction to Patra’s photo. Check out some of the funny reactions here:
— De` GaBBaR (@nk01) July 10, 2018
Modi's new India
Strong example set by Sambit Patra!!!! pic.twitter.com/7uSwUumdSH
— Arijit Mukherjee (@arijit1975) July 10, 2018
Picture of the day… Sambit Patra out for a stroll.. pic.twitter.com/by7RTUwYf8
— Never Fear To Speak The Truth (@EmpoweringGoa) July 10, 2018