Guess who took Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s call for ‘Swachhta hi Seva’ seriously to heart and got cracking to clean paan and gutkha stained walls with his bare hands? Bureaucrat-turned-Minister Alphons Kannanthanam took the initiative to clean dirty, stained walls as part of the cleanliness campaign at Delhi’s Janpath market. What stunned people was that the minister cleaned the walls with water and then detergent with his own hands, even though his staff was searching to find a brush for him to clean the dirty walls. he did this even as the sweepers were seen wearing gloves and masks but not the minister – he got down to clean the walls with his bare hands, according to Manorama News.
Finally, when the minister asked for a scrubber, they procured a scrubber which was attached to a long plastic rod. Seeing this, the minister refused and asked for a scrubber that could be used by hand. While the officials scurried around to find the scrubber he had asked for, the minister got to work, without wasting any further time, put lots of detergent on his hand and got down to work – scrubbing one stained wall after the other. When someone gave the minister a hand-held scrub, he used it to clean more walls.
Union Tourism Minister Alphons Kannanthanam is a well-known personality whose views have always triggered public interest and speculation in Kerala, even long before he began his political journey in 2006 by standing as an independent MLA backed then by CPI(M). As a former bureaucrat, Alphons Kannanthanam was always vocal about expressing his views, wrote columns about issues that he felt strongly about and had a clear stance on issues that affected the well-being of the general public.