1. Narendra Modi does a first, pays Rs 29, eats vegetarian ‘thali’ for lunch in Parliament canteen

Narendra Modi does a first, pays Rs 29, eats vegetarian ‘thali’ for lunch in Parliament canteen

Prime Minister Narendra Modi joined some MPs in having lunch in the Parliament's canteen meant for Parliamentarians.

By: | New Delhi | Updated: March 17, 2015 10:38 AM
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Visitors’ book in  Parliament canteen with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s comment after he had food there. (Express photo by Renuka Puri)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday surprised some MPs having lunch in Parliament’s canteen as he suddenly landed there to join them, perhaps becoming the first person holding the post to do so, and paid Rs 29 for a vegetarian ‘thali’ (meal).

Around 18 MPs were having lunch, sitting in small groups on different tables, in Room Number 70, when Modi landed there at 1 PM. The room on the first floor of Parliament building is for MPs.

The Prime Minister greeted the MPs. Some of them came to introduce themselves to him, according to the canteen staff.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi takes lunch at the Parliament canteen in New Delhi on Monday. PTI Photo / TV GRAB

Prime Minister Narendra Modi eats lunch at the Parliament canteen in New Delhi on Monday. PTI Photo / TV GRAB

Then he sat on a table, already occupied by three MPs and ordered food.

“Anything special, sir,” canteen in-charge B L Purohit asked the Prime Minister.

“No, I want normal vegetarian thali,” Modi replied. He also ordered fruit salad.

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Immediately, a thali, consisting of palak sabzi, rajma, dal and salad, was served along with rice and a tandoori roti.

“The total bill for the food was Rs 29. He gave a note of Rs 100 and I returned Rs 71,” said waiter Rama Shankar who attended on the Prime Minister.

He did not ask for bottled water and drank RO water, staffers said.

He was there for about 20-25 minutes. Two of the MPs on Modi’s table were from Gujarat. Union Minister Piyush Goyal also joined in after some time.

Realising that it was a “historic” occasion, Purohit requested the Prime Minister to write in a ‘Suggestion Book’ which he presented to him.

“Anna data, sukhi bhav (Blessings to the one who feeds),” wrote Modi in Hindi and signed it.

According to sources in Parliament, this was the first time any Prime Minister had lunch in the canteen as a customer.

Rajiv Gandhi had once eaten in the canteen but not as Prime Minister, the sources said.

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    Shanti Lalan
    Jun 9, 2017 at 11:32 am
    Narendra Modi is vegetarian and prays to God daily. He does not eat even eggs. To accuse him of eating beef is silly and vengeance politics. His supersonic rise in politics has made every oppo leader extremely jealous. Not being able to accuse him of corruption , they take refuge in any accusation that comes to their mind first. In doing so , they are belitt themselves and showing their immaturity. In the talks of many oppo leaders , we can find a very low IQ :they are getting votes on other counts than intelligence and ability to govern a nation.
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      Vijay kumar
      Mar 2, 2015 at 8:54 pm
      Simple living and great thinking PM of India.
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      1. SUPERMANIAN
        Mar 10, 2015 at 4:05 pm
        The Rs.29 poor Thali will now be valued at Rs.10 CRORES equal to the MODI SUIT
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          Ninad
          Mar 3, 2015 at 12:07 am
          Tax payers money buys Pand MPs lunch while it is not helpful to the needy. Pathetic.. We should praise when the thali
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            Neha
            Mar 2, 2015 at 11:49 pm
            How come Mr PM got a thali, consisting of palak sabzi, rajma, dal and d, was served along with rice and a tandoori roti at Rs 29 only.. We are paying 50 Rs for it. Another Sad Truth :(
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            1. Md Ayubansari
              Mar 3, 2015 at 2:33 pm
              The Hon'ble Prime Minister of India, do you know how many of the Indian not have been not eating, since independence.
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                b Sastry
                Mar 2, 2015 at 11:06 pm
                Even the comment that he wrote in the visitors book is thought provoking. Great sir, We are very proud that you are our prime minister.
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                  Dinesh
                  Mar 2, 2015 at 11:24 pm
                  Geart gesuter sir Remembering David Cameron traveling by local metro in UK and standing.
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                    esspee
                    Mar 3, 2015 at 12:03 am
                    Is true that a sitting primeminister is not expected to take food at parliament canteen?
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                    1. Saumen Sengupta
                      Mar 3, 2015 at 2:42 am
                      I am still concerned. Here is our best and the ablest who pay Rs. 29.00 a thali comprising delicious vegetable dishes - a strictly unavailable choice for the most of the citizens who are not members of the parliament or the fortunate journalists. But the absurdity of it all is the most important person in India not even paying any tips to the server. This is disgusting.
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                      1. Krishna Mohan
                        Mar 2, 2015 at 11:30 pm
                        What is his greatness in this. simply don't make him up and down. Let him correctly work for ourcountry
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                          Munish
                          Mar 3, 2015 at 12:30 am
                          Please Open this canteen to general public. We will all go and eat food for 29 rupees.
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                            Arulselvan
                            Apr 2, 2015 at 9:47 am
                            A good gesture by PM .We should be happy to have such a person to manage the country.Let us not criticise him for the sake of criticism.
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                              nbudhwani
                              Mar 2, 2015 at 11:18 pm
                              WHAT A SURPRISE? WONDER OF WONDERS. OUR PM PAYS FOR THE LUNCH, WHAT HE HIMSELF HAD AT THE CANTEEN? IS IT BELIEVABLE? JUST TRIED AND TASTED. A GOOD NEWS FOR EVERY CITIZEN, AT THIS PRICE IT MAY BE AVAILABLE FOR EVERYONE IN INDIA. ACCHHE DIN AA E. KHUSH HO JAIYE
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                                Vedagopuram thirumalachar
                                Mar 2, 2015 at 8:49 pm
                                great Man simple and simply living what a great
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                                  Rao Words
                                  Mar 3, 2015 at 12:25 am
                                  WTF, where is the guy who told the entire world that a family needs just Rs. 35 for a days meal, when he himself pays rs.29 for highly subsidised meal.
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                                    Adi
                                    Mar 2, 2015 at 11:50 pm
                                    Baaki Janta ke liye bhi Veg Thali aur Fruit d Rs 29/- mein kyun nahi uplabdh karvate ye log?
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                                      S.N.Srinivasan
                                      Mar 5, 2015 at 2:32 pm
                                      While it is an excellent gesture by the PM that highlights his humbleness, the question that rises is how far is it justified to subsidize the food for Members of Parliament at the expense of the common citizen? It almost seems obscene to provide such a good meal for only Rs. 29 to Parliamentarians while the poorest of the poor in the country go hungry many times. In my view, the actual cost of the food should be charged.
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                                        S.N.Srinivasan
                                        Mar 2, 2015 at 10:55 pm
                                        Excellent gesture by the PM. This is the difference between a person born in an ordinary family and one who is born with a silver spoon!
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                                          Indian
                                          Mar 2, 2015 at 11:28 pm
                                          Of course its not a great news per se but I think you would be one among those who advertise when Somnath bharti strolls on the road or Arvind Kejriwal rides his own car.
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                                          1. suresh chowta
                                            Mar 3, 2015 at 12:05 am
                                            Please test the food served for mid day meal in schools not the food served in parliament.
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