Bhopal/Rewa: A 55-year-old carpenter from Rewa district has gifted a wooden motorbike crafted by him using waste wood - to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, fulfilling a wish of his daughter an adherent of the BJP leader.
Buddhsen Vishwakarma, a native of Baikunthpur in the district, gifted the three-ft high motorbike to Modi at latter’s residence in Delhi on December 4.
Vishwakarma on Sunday told HT that his 15-minute meeting with Modi would remain etched in memory forever.
“The prime minister asked his officers to note down my details. I told the prime minister that I am the father of five children, including daughter Durga, who is a die-hard fan of him,” he said.
“He (Modi) also asked me what did me or my family want from him. I told him that I don’t want anything. I just came to fulfill my 12-year-old daughter’s wish of gifting the mobike to him,” said Vishwakarma, who worked on the motorbike for four months.
Notably, the carpenter had already gifted a wooden Ganesh idol to Amitabh Bachchan, a wooden bullock cart to former Madhya Pradesh chief minister Digvijaya Singh and a temple made of wood to present CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan.
“I never asked any BJP leader for arranging an appointment with the prime minister. My son Suraj (22) helped me finding Modi’s residence address on internet,” Vishwakarma told Hindustan Times on Sunday.
Vishwakarma meeting with Modi did not come easily. When he reached the main gate of the prime minister’s residence, on duty security personnel laughed at him and did not allow entry.
“They drove me away but I returned shamelessly as the gift was inspired by my daughter. Possibly seeing my perseverance, the security staff informed about my wish to their seniors.”
Half an hour later, he was allowed to enter residential campus of Modi and the wooden motorbike was put through scanning machine.
“After security checking, I waited for another two hours before being allowed to meet the prime minister.”