Prayagraj: Prime Minister Narendra Modi took the nation by surprise on Sunday as he performed ‘Charan Vandana’ (washing the feet) of sanitation workers to honour them in taking lead in ensuring cleanliness during the ongoing Kumbh Mela 2019 at Prayagraj in Uttar Pradesh. Describing them as ‘real karma-yogis’, the PM said, “No one can know the labour they (safai karamcharis) have put in the Kumbh. Cleanliness has been the trademark of this Kumbh.”

Claiming that he would carry the memory of washing the feet of safai karamcharis life-long, the PM Modi tweeted, “Moments I’ll cherish for my entire life! Honouring remarkable Safai Karamcharis, who have taken the lead when it comes to realising the dream of a Swachh Bharat! I salute each and every person making a contribution towards a Swachh Bharat.” He also shared a video of the prestigious moment with the post.

The one-of-a-kind move by the Prime Minister was lauded by Twitter users extensively. While a Twitter user called him an inspiration for millions of youth, another called him an incarnation of Lord Ram.

Here is how Twitter reacted to PM Narendra Modi washing the feet of safai karamcharis at Kumbh:

PM Modi, who visited Kumbh Mela 2019, on Sunday took a holy dip at the Sangam, performed the Ganga aarti and interacted with sanitation workers.

Addressing the Swachh Kumbh, Swachh Aabhaar programme, the Prime Minister said, “The Swachh Kumbh is happening at a time when the nation is celebrating the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, who had 100 years ago expressed the desire for a clean Kumbh when he visited the Kumbh in Haridwar. The Swachh Bharat Abhiyan is moving ahead, and by October 2, India will become open defecation-free.”

Briefing about the formation of ‘Swachh Sewa Samman Kosh’, he said, “This will ensure help to the sanitation workers working in the Kumbh Mela, and their family members in special circumstances. This is a symbol of love and gratitude from the countrymen for you and and the work done by you.”

Starting and ending his speech paying gratitude to the holy rivers in Prayagraj, a place of reverence, especially for Hindus, Modi also praised the ‘naaviks’ (boatmen), calling them the ‘sevak’ of Lord Ram. He also described himself as their pradhan sevak (principal servant).

Earlier in the day, PM Modi, on his visit to Gorakhpur, the prime minister launched the ambitious Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi (PM-KISAN) scheme transferring the first instalment of Rs 2,000 each to over one crore farmers, as he slammed the opposition alleging they “remember farmers once in 10 years — just before elections”.