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Cool leaders see off 2012 with relatives

- Most ministers retire to bed before midnight, Bhim Singh stays up late

As revellers painted the city red on New Year’s Eve, the ministers chose to take it easy and spent the 31st night relaxing at home with their families.

Deputy chief minister Sushil Kumar Modi spent the last day of the year without any special plans. Homemade food and early to bed was Modi’s mantra for the night.

On New Year’s Day, Modi told The Telegraph: “I never celebrate 31st December like a festival but yes, as people following the English calendar it is important to wish and accept greetings from others.”

Feasting on his usual vegetarian fare and after going to bed at 11pm — “I do not have the eagerness to watch the clock for the New Year,” he said — Modi greeted visitors at his official residence on Tuesday. Accompanying him were his sons Akshay Amritansu and Utkarsh Tathaghat, who were in the city to celebrate the New Year with the family.

Busy times

Road construction minister Nand Kishore Yadav also went to bed around 11pm. “The last day of 2012 was very hectic for me as I had to attend five functions. In any case, I do not treat this occasion as a very special one and chose to spend the day with my family members,” he said.

Family treat

New Year was special for water resources minister Vijay Kumar Chaudhary, as his son Shubhaditya Chaudhary came home from Shri Ram College of Commerce, New Delhi.

On Monday’s menu, Chaudhary said: “In our family, we have a tradition of preparing daal puri on every festive occasion. The celebrations ended with kheer and gajar ka halwa. It was a memorable day with the family. But we could not wait till midnight and went to bed by 11.20pm.”

Concerts on telly

The only politician awake till midnight was rural works minister Bhim Singh.

“I enjoyed with my family, my son-in-law was also there. I watched concerts and award functions that were on the television last night (Monday). I saw some news in between as well. Although the food was simple vegetarian fare, we stayed up till 12.30am,” said Singh.


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