Allahabad, February 24 (News 18): Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday performed Ganga Arti and washed the feet of sanitation workers during his visit to Prayagraj to attend the Kumbh Mela.
The Prime Minister, who took a dip in the Ganga, was taking part in the “Swachh Kumbh Swachh Aabhaar” award function, where he was acknowledged the efforts made by the ‘swachh karmacharis’ to keep the Kumbh grounds clean.
He then shocked the awardees by turning towards them to wash their feet.
The sanitation workers, of whom one was a woman, expressed their joy at the gesture. One of them said, “It’s nothing less than a dream. Will share this proud moment with everyone. Modi deserves another chance as the country’s head.”
After performing puja rituals at the Triveni Sangam, the Modi thanked the organisers and workers of Kumbh mela for “taking care of the cleanliness of the place” and making the “religious gathering of 22 crore people possible.”
“I’ve never seen a cleaner Ganga previously and it has only been possible because of the Namami Gange project,” said Modi, adding, “The amount collected after auctioning the presents that I have received in the past four-and-a-half years as the Prime Minister are being used in the service of the Ganga.”
He added that the amount of money he received as part of the Seoul Piece Prize has already been dedicated to Namami Ganga Mission.
Stating that it was an emotional day for him, the Prime Minister said that washing the feet of sanitation workers and seeking there blessings have touched him and he vowed to “continue to work for them”
“They work from dawn to dusk but don’t claim to credit or limelight for doing it. We hear about their commendable work back in Delhi,” PM Modi said.
The Prime Minister then went on to say that a Swachh Sewa Samman Kosh has been constituted by his government in view of those who have tirelessly worked for the success of the global event (Kumbh).
Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath received the Prime Minister upon his arrival in the holy city. The Prime Minister also performed puja at the Sangam ghat.