Agartala: A photograph of a senior state BJP leader washing the feet of women municipal workers maintaining hygiene in Agartala — the capital of Tripura — amid COVID-19 crisis has gone viral.
The BJP leader, Alok Bhattacharya, is the president of Sadar (Urban) division of the party. He was distributing dry ration and sanitizers among the municipal workers after washing their feet with his hand on Friday.
Speaking with EastMojo, Bhattacharya said that the municipal workers are keeping the society clean and maintaining hygienic even at this time of global crisis. “These municipal workers are working overtime to maintain the sanitation and hygiene of the state and the city. Now, it is our responsibility to take care of their needs. They are the frontline workers whom we should respect the most,” he said.
Bhattacharya also said that washing the feet of workers is a gesture of gratitude towards them. “According to the Constitution of India, we all are same and there is no difference even though we have different professions. My attempt was to make them feel equal and not different than anyone else,” Bhattacharya added.
He also said that he was inspired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi who had washed the feet of women cleaning workers during his visit to Kumbha Mela earlier in 2019 showing respect towards them. “Prime Minister Modi and chief minister Biplab Kumar Deb have always stood by the people whenever there is a need. We simply follow their footsteps,” Bhattacharya said.
A total of 14 women cleaning workers were provided with essential commodities by the BJP leader in Bardowali town. Bhattacharya is also a professor in Tripura University.