For 35-year-old Vinod Naik, it was to be a moment he could have cherished for life. But a technical glitch spoiled his dream. The chaiwala was just seconds away from chatting with another but more celebrated chaiwala — BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi.
Vinod, a tea vendor outside the Osmania University’s NCC gate, was the cynosure of all eyes on Wednesday evening as his chai bandi was chosen for the Chai pe Charcha with NaMo — an innovative live interaction programme with Narendra Modi.
Similarly, one Upendra Babu, a private firm employee, was also chosen to throw a question at the BJP’s prime ministerial candidate. But their moment of fame passed by as the connection link with Gandhinagar could not be established during the three-hour programme. They were given a slot at 6.44 p.m. but repeated attempts to establish the link went in vain. However, as a consolation for NaMo fans in the State, a youth from Guntur got the chance to ask the Gujarat Chief Minister a question. Shashank, a BSC student, without any hesitation, asked Modi how he would turn India into a developed country when many of the central government-funded schemes go into the hands of state governments run by parties other than the one at the Centre. Modi quickly responded saying that the central government is responsible for the welfare of every citizen in the country. “Every citizen has a right over the central government and a government has to work for those who vote them to power, don’t vote for them or even hate them. The new government at the Centre will definitely work for all,” he replied to a huge round of applause from the crowd gathered in front of Vinod’s chai bandi. 107 other centres across the State were also chosen and 11 of them had the chance to interact with Modi.
Ashwini Anand, founding member, Citizens for Accountable Governance, who organised the event in support of Modi in the state, said, “This time around we could not establish the link, but we are planning to hold such events once every week till the general elections to bring common man close to Modiji.” Many turned up in the belief that they too could talk with Modi but like Vinod, they too had to go home disappointed.