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Modi under attack for claims of using digital camera, email in 1988

IANS  |  New Delhi 

After being trolled for his "cloud theory" on the Balakot air strike, on Monday came under attack from politicians as well as twitterites for his claims that used and email in to send a photo to his mentor and party veteran in a timeliness manner.

In response to a query during his interview with the News Nation television channel, the said: "Perhaps I was the first one to use a in and at the time, very few people had email. There was a rally of Advaniji in Viramgam (Gujarat) and I clicked a picture of him on my ..I had it that time. Then I transmitted the photo to and it was published in colour the next day. Advaniji was surprised that how his colour photo got published."

This unnoticed part of his interview went on viral on with twitterites mocking the for his claims while the politicians used them to take a swipe at

The first digital camera, the users pointed out, was sold by in 1987 and commercial emails were introduced in 1990-95.

tweeted: "@PMOIndia ke paas batwa nahi tha (kyunki paise nahi the!) lekin 1988 mein digital camera aur email tha? (had no wallet as didn't have money, but he had a digital camera and email in 1988)."

"All of this would be really funny if it weren't so embarrassing. A PM who'll literally say ANYTHING that comes to his mind can't possibly be trusted with our national security," Owaisi added.

MP said has claimed to use digital camera and even before their advent in

"After failing to deliver good governance, ji has also failed with his research and is trying hard to bluff the people," Satav tweeted, adding that was justifying the famous quote "Old habits, die hard".

Taking a swipe at the Prime Minister, Congress' and head tweeted: "Any guesses as to what @narendramodi email id was in 1988? is my guess."

Jumping into the fray, and member said that he missed the "gem" from Modi's "clouded" interview.

"Modi claims that he had a digital camera in and an email account in 1988. He even sent a colour photo as an email attachment within in 1988!" he said.

Ashok Swain, a and Conflict Research at in Sweden, tweeted: "Modi and his 'bhakts' keep saying that there was no before became the PM in 2014. How on earth Modi had got a personal email account in India in 1988 when was PM? Even in Swedish Universities, we got our personal email accounts in 1993 only."

Rupa Subramanya, a Mumbai-based of Indianomix: Making Sense of Modern India, tweeted: "Even in the developed West (US, Canada), it would have been highly unusual for an average person to be sending an email as early as in 1988. My first email was in 1996. But we know Modi is not your average person... ??"

"In 1988, even in the developed West, email was available to a few academics and scientists but Modi somehow used it in 1988 in India before it was officially introduced to the rest of us in 1995," she said in another tweet.

The attack on came a day after he was trolled for his claim that he had ordered the air strike in Balakot in February this year despite cloudy and rainy weather conditions.

"Experts were re-thinking the air strike due to bad weather, but I said, so much cloud cover and rains could be beneficial. Maybe we could escape their radar. This was my raw wisdom, I said there could be a benefit. Ultimately I said, there's cloud cover, please go ahead," he told News Nation in the interview aired on Saturday.



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First Published: Mon, May 13 2019. 17:08 IST