| BJP members celebrate Narendra Modi’s oath-taking ceremony in Patna on Monday. Picture by Nagendra Kumar Singh |
Diehard Narendra Modi fans celebrated the swearing-in ceremony of the Prime Minister like they do in one of their own triumphant moments.
While most of the people tried to catch a glimpse of the Prime Minister on television sets at their homes or offices, Sanjeev Yadav of Patna City celebrated the “big day” in his unique way.
Yadav installed a projector at the busy Shaheed Bhagat Singh Chowk so that residents don’t miss the historic swearing-in ceremony. The venue was decorated with banners and posters of Narendra Modi. Around 500 people, including commuters and shopowners, gathered at the venue to see the live telecast of the programme, much to Yadav’s pleasure.
He also organised a cultural programme, where local singers hummed patriotic songs. The programme was christened “Mahashapath ka mahacoverage”.
“What I have done is not a big thing. Modiji is a dynamic leader and today (Monday) he became the Prime Minister. This definitely calls for celebrations. So, I arranged the little things to make this occasion memorable for Patna City residents,” said businessman Yadav. He bought firecrackers worth Rs 12,000 for the occasion and spent around Rs 20,000 on the programme.
Vinod Prasad, who has a shop near the Chowk, downed the shutters of his outlet so that he could catch the action live at the programme organised by Yadav. “Aaj hum kaam dhandha beech mein chhorkar aaye hain, par phir bhi hum bahut khush hain (Today I left my work in midway but I am happy). I could not afford to miss the historical moment of the swearing-in ceremony of Modiji,” said Prasad.
The BJP office at Beer Chand Patel Marg, on the other hand, erupted in joy as soon as Modi took oath. BJP workers, including a few MLAs and MLCs had gathered at the party office to witness the occasion “together”.
As soon as the workers saw Modi on TV, they started distributing sweet packets at the office. Even passers-by were handed one. After the oath taking was over, the BJP workers burst crackers for 15 minutes with chants of “NaMo NaMo” filling the air of Patna.