Hot tea and hot topics notwithstanding, the launch of Narendra Modi’s chai pe charcha at a bakery here on Wednesday proved to be a rather tame affair. Though billed as a charcha (discussion), there was no charcha because of a technical hitch.
Besides, the person who was tasked with translating Modi’s speech into Tamil, did no such thing. He simply stood along with 15-20 people, including local auto drivers, at the bakery and enjoyed his free cuppa.
The programme here, in five tea shops, was organised by the NaMo Peravai. Its members served free hot tea to those present during the charcha. Tea was also served by State BJP treasurer S R Sekar, who was the chief guest at the programme.
Earlier, NaMo Peravai members had assured the bakery owners that they would get a chance to pose questions to the prime ministerial candidate during the chai pe charcha. They were even told to prepare for it. However, just before the speech started, they were told questions could not be put across to him due to technical reasons.
“I was very nervous after NaMo members asked us to tell Modi whatever we had in mind during the programme. But after their assurance I was very eager to speak to him, because he is my role model. However, finally my hope could not be realised,” said A Karuppaiya, the 33-year-old owner of Asai Bakery.
“After facing a lot of hurdles as a tea master I now own a bakery in RS Puram. Based on media reports, I knew Modi was a ‘tea boy’ before joining the BJP. I will give my support to him in the forthcoming elections,” said Karuppaiya.