Tinsukia: In what can be called a ‘smart move’, Union minister and BJP’s Dibrugarh MP Rameswar Teli and Tinsukia MLA Sanjoy Kishan celebrated Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s 69th birthday amidst several party workers by cutting the birthday cake, earlier ‘refused’ to be cut by Assam Himanta Biswa Sarma as it had a picture of Modi on it, on Tuesday.
The dignitaries were all present at Gulab Chandra Ravi Chandra Natya Mandir — the venue of the foundation stone-laying ceremony of a railway overbridge — in Tinsukia on Tuesday. The twist to the story was that the portion of the cake which had the picture of Modi was covered with another round-shaped cake on it.
A video, received on WhatsApp, shows BJP workers going berserk over the Modi birthday cake after Kishan distributed the pieces of cake in a tray among the excited workers underlining the popularity of Modi.
Earlier, the finance, health & family welfare and PWD minister was at a function to lay the foundation stone of a railway overbridge at Sreepuria Road in Tinsukia, when a cake with the image of Modi was placed on the stage of Gulab Chandra Natya Mandir where the dignitaries were present.
As a knife was brought in to cut the cake, Sarma stepped in saying that the cake should not be cut as it has a photo of Modi on it.
Addressing the gathering, Sarma said, “We thought of cutting a cake on the occasion of Narendra Modi’s birthday. There is a cake in front of us and those who made this cake has put an image of Modi on it out of love. If we cut this cake, we will also have to cut the photo of Narendra Modi. Therefore we will not cut this cake and arrange for another cake to celebrate.”
“However, Modi has given priority to ‘seva’ over cutting cake on his birthday,” Sarma said, adding, “Modi has told BJP workers that if you really want to celebrate my birthday then do it by serving the society.”
Hence we are observing this week as ‘Seva Saptah’ and this bridge at Sreepuria railway crossing is a gift on the birthday of Modi to the meet the long standing demand of the citizens of Tinsukia, Sarma added.
Earlier, Sonowal and Sarma laid the foundation stone of a railway overbridge at Sreepuria road in Tinsukia town.