Taking a cue from Congress General Secretary Rahul Gandhi, Union Minister of State for Heavy Industries and Public Enterprise Arun Yadav dined at the house of a Dalit in a remote tribal-dominated village in Khargone district.
Yadav, who visited Londhi village about 285 km from here yesterday, said that his "going to a Dalit house was not politics but an attempt to further the tradition set by Rahul Gandhi."
Initially he was not recognised by villagers.
Londhi is a part of the Khandwa parliamentary constituency which is represented by Yadav and it is populated mostly by Bheelala tribals.
Apart from voicing their frustration over insufficient power supply, the villagers claimed that no candidate had ever visited the village during electioneering for Lok Sabha.
After a wait of nearly 30 minutes, one Devram's wife Kadavi Bai prepared traditional Malwi food consisting of Jwar Roti, Amadi Bhaji and buttermilk.
The Minister, who spent nearly an hour in the village, said he "wanted to start 2010 amidst his own people and dining with Devram was the best way to do it."