India’s Manushi Chillar on Saturday was crowned Miss World 2017 in China. The 21-year-old beauty queen, who hails from Haryana, earned the new glory during the beauty pageant held at the Sanya City Arena in China.
Among those who congratulated were Prime Minister Narendra Modi, President Ram Nath Kovind, Maharashtra chief minister, Devendra Fadnavis, Bollywood actors Amitabh Bachchan, Priyanka Chopra and Sushmita Sen. Priyanka had won this title in 2000.
However, just when some users on social media joked that the supporters of Modi will soon take credit the prime minister with Chhillar’s crowning glory, they weren’t disappointed. Some BJP supporters indeed took to social media to claim that Chhillar’s success was only possible because India now had a ‘strong prime minister.’
These Facebook users weren’t the only individuals praising Modi for Chhillar’s success at a beauty contest. There were many on Twitter, who implied that Modi was responsible for an Indian winning finally winning the Miss World contest after 17 years.
पहले world bank को, फिर IMF उसके बाद MOODY को खरीदने के बाद MODI ने Miss World अवार्ड भी खरीद लिया 17 साल बाद ,,
विरोधियो सूजी हे क्या,😂🤣
— Jasleen Kaur (@_kaur_jasleen) November 19, 2017
Does India really deserve Miss World title when farmers are committing suicide? Who is Modi trying to fool? And why is he wasting money to buy these awards?
— Eminent Intellectual (@padhalikha) November 18, 2017
— Ashok Singh 🇮🇳 (@TheAshokSingh) November 18, 2017
And if this wasn’t enough, a doctored video of chanting of ‘Modi, Modi’ soon after Chhillar’s name was announced too was widely being circulated. In the doctored video, a group of individuals are heard shouting Modi’s names while also making fun of the Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi. This video was reportedly created as an act of sarcasm by Mumbai-based comedian Jose Covaco. But many Modi supporters are sharing the video on social media mistaking it as if this truly happened.
Video footage of Manushi Chhillar winning the Miss World 2017 pageant that these paid media won't show you.. pic.twitter.com/FyTgzhUQOR
— José Covaco (@HoeZaay) November 19, 2017
However, in the real video, there were no such Modi chants showing just what extent the BJP supporters may go to create a favourable narrative for their leader, Modi on this occasion. You can watch the original video below.