Mumbai: Washing feet of sanitation workers in Allahabad was a part of his ‘sanskars’ stated PM Modi on Thursday.
Responding to a question posed by BJP corporate from Pune where Modi had a direct dialogue with BJP workers and volunteers across the country, he said: “I have been to Kumbh (Mela) in Uttar Pradesh, which was widely appreciated for its cleanliness. Around 22 crore people visited the Kumbh. It led me to think about the efforts put in by the sanitation workers and I decided to express my gratitude towards them by cleaning their feet,” Modi said.
He said his act of washing the workers feet as an outcome of his sanskars and not some political gain. He also called people dubbing his act as a political stunt, PTI reports.
Recalling his house warming ceremony when he became Gujarat’s CM for the first time, he said: “When people from the administration asked me how I want to perform the house warming of my official residence, I had plainly asked them to get someone who works as a class four employee in the government. They found a Dalit person, and I placed the ‘kalash’ in his daughter’s hands.”
Taking a dip at the Sangam in Allahabad on Sunday and washing workers feet he said: “It is part of culture, my sanskar.”
He has also performed the Ganga aarti and conducted ‘Charan Vandana’ (washing the feet) of select sanitation workers, as a mark of respect to their efforts in ensuring a clean Kumbh.