Arun Jaitley References James Bond and BBC’s ‘Yes Minister’ in Parliament and Twitter is Ablaze

The Indian Finance Minister Arun Jaitley went viral on Twitter today after he quoted James Bond and ‘Yes Minister’ in his speech in Parliament.

Pandemonium broke out in the Lok Sabha on Wednesday when Congress president Rahul Gandhi sought to play an unverified recording in which a Goa minister purportedly implies that former defence minister and Goa CM Manohar Parrikar is in possession of damaging files on the fighter jet deal.

Gandhi also attacked Prime Minister Narendra Modi for not coming to Parliament and taking questions about the contentious issue. Responding to Rahul’s speech, Jaitley mounted a counter attack on the Congress, claiming that the Congress chief’s allegations were rejected by the Supreme Court as well as by the French government. He stressed that some people “have a natural dislike for the truth”. He also brought up the Bofors scandal to refute Congress’s demand for a Joint Parliamentary Committee to investigate Rafale.
However, what did catch the attention of many on social media was Jaitley’s use of pop-culture references to slam Gandhi.

First, the Union Minister referred to Ian Fleming’s James Bond to artfully target the Opposition leader. “Once is happenstance, it happens. Twice is coincidence. But thrice is a conspiracy,” Jaitley paraphrased Ian Fleming’s famous line.

The original line which went on to appear in the Bond film ‘Goldfinger‘ starring Sean Connery was something like, “Once is happenstance, it happens. Twice is coincidence. But three times is enemy action”.

The Minister was referring to the three big cases including Bofors, National Herald and Augusta Westland which transpired during the Congress’s reign and accused the party of being ‘conspirators’ in the three cases.

The minister also referenced cult British sitcom ‘Yes, Minister‘. He said that in the show, the most useless minister or ruler was one who was in power but incapacitate to make decisions. He said that the the Congress government was such a government.

Twitter instantly recognised the references and lost no time pointing them out.

Updated: January 2, 2019 — 12:54 pm