Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday surprised some MPs having lunch in Parliament's canteen as he suddenly landed there to join them, perhaps becoming the first person to hold the post to do so, and paid Rs 29 for a vegetarian 'thali'(meal).
Around 18 MPs were having lunch, sitting in small groups on different tables, in Room Number 70, when Modi landed there at 1 PM. The room on the first floor of Parliament building is for MPs.
The Prime Minister greeted the MPs. Some of them came to introduce themselves to him, according to the canteen staff.Then he sat on a table, already occupied by three MPs and ordered food.
A canteen staff proudly shows a message written by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the visitors' book. (Mohd Zakir/ HT Photo)
"Anything special, sir," canteen in-charge B L Purohit asked the Prime Minister."No, I want normal vegetarian thali," Modi replied. He also ordered fruit salad.
"The total bill for the food was Rs 29. He gave a note of Rs 100 and I returned Rs 71," said waiter Rama Shankar who attended on the Prime Minister.
He was there for about 20-25 minutes. Two of the MPs on Modi's table were from Gujarat. Union Minister Piyush Goyal also joined in after some time.
Purohit requested the Prime Minister to write in a 'Suggestion Book'which he presented to him.
"Anna data, sukhi bhav (Blessings to the one who feeds)," wrote Modi in Hindi and signed it.
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