Saturday, June 26, 2021

Aviation Minister’s reply to ‘lighten the mood’ on Navi Mumbai airport naming leaves netizens in splits

New Delhi: Amid the trying times of coronavirus pandemic, we could all use a bit of humour. And spreading some smiles on Twitter is Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri, who decided to “lighten the mood a bit” by joining in on a Santa Banta joke on the microblogging site. Now, the minister’s candid post has left many laughing online.

As there has been a lot of uproar surrounding the naming of the Navi Mumbai airport in Maharashtra, the Union Minister engaged with a tweet which suggested that the upcoming airport can be named ‘Bantacruz’.

His reply was to an old tweet from 2019 by singer-actor Suchitra Krishnamoorthi, who jokingly had said that Banta sent a letter to the Aviation Minister requesting the airport be named after him, as his brother Santa already has one named after him! The minister sharing the screenshot of the tweet admitted that the Ministry of Civil Aviation receives many requests for naming and renaming of existing and airports under construction.

“To lighten the mood a bit, I want to inform my friend Banta that his formal proposal has not yet been received by us!” the minister quipped.

The sweet reply by the minister left netizens in splits online. Many praised his sense of humour, including the actor-singer who had tweeted the original post. As the tweet garnered attention online, others joined in the fun with their own requests.

26/06/21 Indian Express

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