City BJP corporator questions PM Narendra Modi’s gesture

Friday, 1 March 2019

Modi was interacting with party workers from across the country under the ‘Mera Booth Sabse Mazboot’ campaign ahead of the Lok Sabha polls.

PUNE: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Corporator Rani Bhosale on Thursday posed a query to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who was addressing his partymen across India through a video conference. She asked him whether washing the feet of the sanitation workers in Prayagraj was a political stunt. 

Answering her question, Modi said it was a spontaneous act and not a political stunt. Modi was interacting with party supporters and workers from across the country under the ‘Mera Booth Sabse Mazboot’ campaign ahead of the Lok Sabha polls. The BJP city unit organised the video conference programme at Balgandharva Rangmandir. BJP City Unit Chief Yogesh Gogawale, Mayor Mukta Tilak, MP Anil Shirole, along with the booth committee heads and members, were present.

During the interaction, Bhosale, who is a booth committee head and corporator from Balaji Nagar-Rajiv Gandhi Nagar, told Modi: “You have done a lot of work. We are facing difficulties in reaching out to people over the welfare schemes such as Pantpradhan Kisan Yojana, the 10-per cent reservations for economically weaker sections from the open category and income tax exemption in tax limit up to Rs 5 lakh per annum. You also took the historical decision of the air strike on Pakistan, which previous governments could not take.”

Citing the incident of washing of the feet of the sanitary workers, she said, “Our family members became emotional when we saw the prime minister washing the feet of the sanitation workers in Kumbh Mela at Prayagraj.”

Replying to Bhosale’s poser, Modi said, “People appreciated sanitary workers for their work in Kumbh Mela. The world recognised their work. So, I decided to wash their feet and pay respect to their work. I did it from the heart. There is no politics behind that. However, some people are calling it a political event. But they didn’t know my earlier work. When I became the chief minister of Gujarat, my Griha Pravesh puja was performed by a Class IV dalit government employee’s daughter. I, for the first time, disclosed this in the public. It is the culture of BJP workers to respect all communities.” 

He said, “I felt good as well as bad when you asked how to convey government’s work to people. It is good as we have done a lot of work and it is bad that workers are not able to convey it to people. You should categorise schemes and give alphabetical names to them such as A for Ayushman Bharat, B for Beti Bachao and spread the word in public with interesting things by writing songs or poems. It is a trailer of our work, which we achieved in last five years.”

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