Manohar Parrikar dozes off during Republic Day parade; picture goes viral on social media

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Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar became a butt of jokes after he was caught sleeping during the Republic Day Parade 2017. Social media is abuzz after picture of Manohar Parrikar taking a nap during the Republic Day celebration went viral. In the picture, Manohar Parrikar is seen dozing off during the Republic Day Parade at Rajpath.

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Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar, who was sitting alongside dignitaries including the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan to watch the Republic Day parade, was caught on camera while sleeping during the event. What was event more embarrassing that the video of Manohar Parrikar ‘sleeping’ during the Republic Day Parade was broadcast live by India’s national broadcaster Doordarshan. It means lakhs of viewers saw the Defence Minister taking a nap during the event.

This is the third time when Manohar Parrikar has been spotted sleeping during important event. In December 2014, Parrikar was seen sleeping with his open mouth during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Make In India speech. The Defence Minister had fallen asleep during PM Modi’s Independence Day speech. Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley were also found sleeping during the same event, after which deputy CM Manish Sisodia said it seems that Modi’s speech was really “boring.”