PEOPLE OF BHUBANESWAR GOT THE SURPRISE OF THEIR LIVES WHEN PM MODI UNCLASPED THE SEATBELT OF HIS RANGE ROVER AND RODE ON THE FOOTBOARD OF THE SUV FOR A LARGE PART OF THE DRIVE TO RAJ BHAVAN & THEN TO JANATA MAIDAN :

On Saturday, the people of Bhubaneswar got the surprise of their lives when Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who was in the city for the BJP’s national executive meeting, unclasped the seatbelt of his Range Rover, and rode on the footboard of the SUV for a large part of the drive to Raj Bhavan and then to Janata Maidan, venue of his party’s crucial meeting.   Modi ‘unclasped the seatbelt soon after the SUV had travelled around half a kilometre, opened the door and started waving at the spectators who lined the road chanting “Modi, Modi, Modi”….   ‘Then the prime minister stood on the footboard and rode in similar fashion for the next one-and-a-half kilometres. The 30-vehicle motorcade had slowed down considerably and Special Protection Group commandos ran alongside the Range Rover.’    In the vehicle that followed the Prime Minister’s SUV, the SPG’s inspector-general of police Y K Jethwa must have had more than a few anxious moments over what is any security professional’s worst nightmare come true, for he too stood on the footboard of his vehicle, keeping a close watch on the motorcade, reports the newspaper.    But the experience was not to end soon. ‘After a 15-minute break at the Raj Bhavan, Modi set out to Janata Maidan, covering almost the entire distance of 4km standing on the footboard and waving. For the public lined up on both sides of the road to see the prime minister, of course, it was a dream come true. ‘I was so happy to see the prime minister from such a close range,” said Sujit Sahoo, a college student. “He is really the people’s PM,” gushed Rani Patra, a homemaker.  The Rediff.com : 16th. Apr,17

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