Unlike MPs, Bolly heartthrobs or corporate chiefs, they weren’t part of the 4,000-long Rashtrapati Bhavan guest list, but their enthusiasm is contagious. As Narendra Modi took oath as India’s 15th Prime Minister in Delhi on Monday evening, his fans in Jharkhand, a state which gave 12 MPs to the BJP, celebrated the historic occasion with caps, crackers, candles and a feast with a difference
CAPITAL GOES LIVE
A giant LED screen installed at Albert Ekka Chowk on Monday evening was the prime attraction. BJP party workers burst crackers and distributed sweets among jubilant supporters who watched Modi and his ministers take oath.
“We are watching history. Modiji has become PM. It’s our victory,” a smiling BJP worker Rita Devi said. Hoping “Modiji will work for women’s empowerment”, Rita’s party colleague Anita Verma said they had rigorously campaigned in the scorching sun. “Humlog ki mehnat rang layi hai (our hard work paid off) and Ram Tahalji (Ram Tahal Choudhary, BJP MP) swept aside all opposition,” she said. For women workers, tan is the new badge of sincerity. Just look at one-time television bahu and now cabinet minister Smriti Irani.
SEEN AND HEARD: BJP headquarters at Harmu sported a huge rangoli of party symbol lotus dotted with 200 shining diyas, while most supporters wore NaMo caps and drank the beverage of the moment, tea, to remember boy Narendra, the tea vendor of Vadnagar. “It’s our utsav,” senior BJP leader Gama Singh said, distributing sweets and marigold garlands to everyone at Albert Ekka Chowk and dancing to a live band.
DIYAS IN STEEL HUB
Diyas and candles on roundabouts and major arteries, distribution of laddoos and bursting of crackers.
Thanks to Modi, Jamshedpur celebrated a two-hour untimely Diwali with much pomp and show. Party supporters lighted diyas and candles on intersections and roundabouts at Mango, Sakchi, Burmamines, Golmuri and Telco. Crackers were burst and laddoos distributed at all 26 BJP party block offices. Party office at Shahid Chowk, Sakchi, resembled Diwali-cum-wedding at 6.30pm, when 200kg of laddoos were distributed amid crackers. “Come, enjoy,” smiled BJP district spokesperson Anil Modi.
Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP), Jamshedpur, arranged a maha arti and Hanuman Chalisa paath at Bada Hanuman Mandir on Dimna Road, and played patriotic songs at Mango roundabout. Narendra Modi Youth Brigade (Jamshedpur unit) lit diyas and burst crackers at Sakchi, Sitaramdera bus terminus, Telco labour bureau roundabout and Tatanagar roundabout.
FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Gujarati Sanatan Samaj members offered Modi fans gathia, bundi, pakoda and dhokla on their premises in Bistupur in the backdrop of the swearing-in telecast beamed live on a giant screen.
BJP Bagbera unit leader Subodh Kumar Jha said they distributed idli, dosa, golgappa, laddoo and tea to masses at Bagbera roundabout from 6.30pm to 8.30pm.
Modi fans in Golmuri distributed special Banarasi paan at Cable Basti roundabout on Golmuri-Station road.
“Diehard Modi supporter Khem Sahu owns a betel shop. He arranged this,” BJP’s Golmuri leader Dinesh Sahu smiled.
HAVAN IN COAL BELT
Dhanbad celebrated Modi’s swearing-in with a havan at Purana Bazaar, a feast for leprosy patients at a rehabilitation center in Barmasia and a live telecast at Park Market Complex on huge LCD screens. At 11.30am, six priests performed havan at Ratneshwar Mandir, chanting hymns and blowing conch shells. Over 30 BJP workers, led by state executive committee member Rajkumar Agarwal, district executive committee members Bhrigunath Bhagat and Ashok Sinha and others took part in the prayers that lasted for 90 minutes. “For the Modi government to run smoothly for its full term and for Modiji so that he can fulfill the expectations of people,” Bhagat said, when asked about the havan.
Thousands gathered to watch the live telecast of the Rashtrapati Bhavan ceremony on a huge LCD screen at Vivekanand Chowk, Park Market.
DOING GOOD: BJP state executive committee member Raj Sinha hosted a feast for leprosy patients of Barmasia at Damien Welfare Society Rehabilitation Centre. Puri-sabzi and bundia were served to 80 inmates under supervision of its manager Shaligram Tandon. “It felt good to see smiles on their faces,” said Sinha.
Compiled by Arti S. Sahuliyar, Animesh Bisoee & Praduman Choubey