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At Kumbh, Modi washes feet of safai karamcharis; Twitter is agog

File photo of PM Narendra Modi. Photograph:( PTI )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Feb 25, 2019, 09.14 AM (IST)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi washed the feet of five safai karamcharis at the Kumbh mela on Sunday. Modi posted a video of the incident on Twitter. 

Modi met the safai karamcharis (sweepers) to give them the "Swachh Kumbh, Swachh Aabhaar" award, a recognition of their effort at keeping the Kumbh premises clean — a gargantuan undertaking considering a grand total of some 150 million people are expected to attend the religious gathering this year. 

In the video posted by Modi, he is seen approaching the karamcharis. 

Modi sits on a low stool — the safai karamcharis are seated in chairs — and begins to wash their feet. 

These are "Moments I’ll cherish for my entire life!", Modi said on Twitter while posting the video. 


Twitter of course has been agog since then: 


There has also been criticism: 


Modi also presented the safai karamcharis with angvastrams. 

In a tweet, he said he prayed for the well-being of 130 crore Indians at the Sangam.

He described all those, who have been involved in ensuring the best of arrangements for the devotees gathering at Prayagraj for the Kumbh, as "real karma-yogis".

In this context, he mentioned the NDRF, the boatmen, the local population, and the sanitation workers as well.

"No one can know the labour they (safai karamcharis) have put in the Kumbh. Cleanliness has been the trademark of this Kumbh," Modi said addressing the Swachh Kumbh, Swachh Aabhaar programme.

"It is my wish that your blessings remain with me and I continue to work for you."

He said no stone was left unturned to make this "Divya Kumbh" and "Bhavya (grand) Kumbh", and this Kumbh will also be remembered as "digital Kumbh"

Modi also performed a Ganga aarti on Sunday. 

(With inputs from PTI)