2014 can be termed as the 'Year of Narendra Modi' for India. Not only did the country witness the rise of the former Gujarat CM, but he also managed to captivate the attention of the political leaders worldwide.
Be it playing the drums in Japan or sharing the stage with Hollywood actor Hugh Jackman in US, Modi wooed people across the world. His powerful social media presence, his hard hitting speeches and the way he interacted with the common man on many occasions was appreciated by many.
But what seemed to have struck a chord with the people, are his funny and witty one-liners that we witnessed this year. Starting from the rallies during Lok Sabha election campaign to addressing the NRI community in Australia and US, Modi's one-liners made us chuckle.
Here are some of Modi's one-liners that made a mark in 2014:
1: RSVP Model
During the Lok Sabha election campaign, Modi addressed close to 400 rallies and during his rallies he took a swipe at the Gandhis specially at Robert Vadra and the corruption allegations around him and said: "An American paper has presented a new model - of having one lakh rupees and converting that to Rs 300 crore in four years. This is the RSVP model - Rahul, Sonia, Vadra and Priyanka."
2. Pakistan wants AK-49
Taking a jibe at AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal, Modi said in a rally that 'three Aks were admired in Pakistan. "There are three AKs in Pakistan who're being admired. AK 47, AK Antony and AK49. This third one, AK 49, has just launched a political party," in an apparent jibe at Kejriwal's 49-day of governance in Delhi.
3. Rahul Gandhi as 'Shezaade'
In one of the most hard hitting jibe at Rahul Gandhi, Modi referred to Rahul as a 'shezaada' (prince) in many rallies and said that Rahul was born with a silver spoon in his mouth. He took many digs at Rahul and even Sonia Gandhi calling her 'Madamji'.
4. Ministers now throw pepper spray
Referring to the shameful 'pepper spray incident' in the Parliament, where Congress leader L Rajagopal sprayed pepper spray and created a ruckus in the House, Modi in his rallies said that 'earlier the ministers used to throw dust in the eyes of the people, and now they are using pepper sprays.'
5. Can't a chaiwalla become the PM?
Narendra Modi and his party banked heavily on his humble upbringing, that of a tea-seller. Ever since Congress minister Mani Shankar Iyer took a dig at Modi's chaiwalla image, the chailwalla comment proved to be Narendra Modi's biggest USP.
While campaigning for the Lok Sabha elections Modi in his rallies said: "Kya chaiwalla kabhi pradhan mantri nahi ban sakata hai (Can't a chaiwalla become the Prime Minister)?"
6. Indians not a land of snake charmers
Narendra Modi after assuming office as the Prime Minister visited the USA in September and was given a rock star welcome.
While addressing the Indian community at the Madison Square Garden, Modi said: "India used to be known as a country of snakes and snake charmers. Now I tell people, No, we have been vastly under-valued. Our ancestors used to play with snakes, we play with mouse," an apparent reference to India's IT image.
7. We reached Mars at Rs 7/km
Speaking at Madison Square Garden, Modi spoke about India's Mangalyaan achievement. He said: "In Ahmedabad, you spend Rs 10 to travel 1 kilometre in a rickshaw. We traveled 65 crore km to Mars, and spent Rs 7 a km. This is our talent."
8. May the force be with you
Not only did Narendra Modi receive a rockstar welcome in US but he also shared the stage with Hollywood actor Hugh Jackaman at the Global Citizen Concert in Central Park where he thanked the people and said: "Thank you once again for having me. Thanks in particular to Hugh Jackman. God bless you. May the force be with you."
What is ironical here is that Modi was standing next to Jackman and was quoting a 'Star Wars' movie dialogue.
9. Modi's shirtfronting remark has the Australian Parl in splits
When Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the Australian Parliament in November he had the entire Parliament in splits with his joke. Modi said: "I am the third Head of Government you are listening to this week. I don't know how you are doing this! Maybe, this is Prime Minister Abbott's way of shirtfronting you."
Modi was making an apparent reference to Aus PM Tony Abbott's comment last year after the MH17 tragedy where Abbott promised to 'shirtfront' Putin over the tragedy.
10. Swachh Bharat Abhiyan
Narendra Modi's dream of a 'Clean India' has caught the fancy of the entire country. Right from his maiden Independence Day speech from Red Fort where he said: "Cleanliness is very big work. Whether our country can not be clean? If one hundred and twenty five crore countrymen decide that they will never spread filthiness, which power in the world has ability to spread filthiness in our cities and villages?"
In his address in Madison Square Garden and in Sydney, Modi said: "Log bole hain ye pradhan mantri hokar Lal Kile se toilet saaf karne ki, safai ki baat karte hain (People say that I being the PM speak of toilets and cleanliness from the Red Fort).
"If citizens of India decide to, then we can clean up the image of India that the world has - we can meet this challenge," he said.