MUMBAI: The Shiv Sena on Tuesday praised Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s gesture of washing the feet of sanitation workers at the Kumbh Mela, but said the question before these people is of their “stomach” and not feet.The remarks came two days after PM Modi took a dip at the Sangam at Uttar Pradesh’s Prayagraj and conducted ‘charan vandana’ (washing the feet) of select sanitation workers as a mark of respect for their efforts in keeping the Kumbh Mela clean.
“Modi should be congratulated for washing the feet of sanitation workers, but the question concerning them is not about their feet but their stomach,” the Shiv Sena said in an editorial in its party mouthpiece Saamana. The prime minister’s “kar seva”, or service with hands, will be successful only when these workers are able to stand on their own feet, the Marathi publication opined.
On Sunday, PM Modi also launched the ambitious Rs. 75,000-crore Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi (PM-KISAN) scheme at Gorakhpur in Uttar Pradesh, by transferring the first instalment of Rs. 2,000 each to over one crore farmers.