Ranchi, July 22: It seems that Jharkhand's education minister Neera Yadav needs to be educated. She recently made a mother of all blunders when she paid a floral tribute to the former president Dr APJ Abdul Kalam, thinking him to be dead!
The shocking incident happened at an event in Koderma, where she was invited as the chief guest, to inaugurate smart classes. Before the event started, Yadav paid homage to Kalam's photograph.
Surprisingly, none of those who saw Yadav while garlanding Kalam raised an objection. BJP MLA Manish Jaiswal, the school principal and teachers were also present there. [Oneindia Exclusive: Kalam's message to youth - 'I reached the destination, my mission']
In an attempt to downplay the goof-up, Yadav said "photos of great leaders are also garlanded to honour them and is a way to pay respect".
"She also added that Kalam is a great scientist and there is nothing objectionable in garlanding the picture of a leader", an IBN report said. [I am absolutely fine; don't believe rumours: Dr Abdul Kalam]
Yadav's bizarre act led to an embarrassment for the ruling BJP government in the state.
Meanwhile, the pics have gone viral and Yadav was criticised on the social media for the lack of her knowledge.
“Let us sacrifice our today so that our children can have a better tomorrow”- APJ Abdul Kalam Smriti Irani and Neera Yadav??— Prakash Kalakoti (@KalakotiP) July 22, 2015
Neera Yadav pays floral tribute to APJ Abdul Kalam. She thinks he is dead😂 Did she clear her formal education from !dea IIN😂 ??— Gustakh Nigaah ❤ (@SarcastiCharm) July 22, 2015
A Doctorate turned Education Minister NEERA YADAV offered Homage 2 Living & Ever Inspiring Legend APJ Abdul Kalam. Rest in SWAMP Politicians— Mashooque Raza (@iam__mra) July 22, 2015
Jharkhand education minister Neera Yadav paid homage to ex president of India APJ Abdul Kalam. She thinks he's dead 😂 pic.twitter.com/qawnvNujT4— Gautam Trivedi (@Gotham3) July 22, 2015