Wednesday, 12th Feb, 2014, witnessed Mr. Narendra Modi kickstarting the much-awaited, the much-anticipated “chai pe charcha”, a discussion over tea, for addressing, and interacting with audience @ around 1,000 tea stalls in 300 cities across the country.

Modi ji himself was present at a tea stall opposite Karnavati club on SG highway in Ahmedabad, where-from he interacted with his fans and supporters, via huge TV sets, and projectors.

“In our country, a tea stall serves as a means to livelihood for the poorest of the poor and also serves as a ‘footpath Parliament’. When I have come here today, I naturally go back to my childhood. I recall I learnt a lot when I was selling tea .. It was an experience ..”, he said in his opening remarks.

we are going to discuss good governance while sipping tea. Mahatma Gandhi gave us ‘swaraj’ but we couldn’t achieve ‘suraaj’ (good governance) and that resulted into people losing faith in the governments. We need to restore the faith of the people in government.”, he added further.

He spoke for the initial 5 minutes, and then invited questions from the audiences all across the nation. And he did answer a lot many questions ranging from tackling black money to promoting clean energy, skill development, law and order, government jobs etc., in a most confident, in a most convincing manner.

On a question on tackling black money, he described “black money” as anti-national activity. He remarked – “The whole country is worried about black money. I assure the countrymen that when we form a government in Delhi, we will create a task force and make or amend laws to bring every single rupee deposited in foreign countries by Indian citizens.”

He even announced an incentive scheme for regular and genuine tax players and salaried class, saying that 5 to 10% amount from the total amount of black money brought from abroad will be distributed among regular tax players as incentive.
Modi ji even stated that eastern Indian states have not seen much development, despite the presence of resources like land, water, coal etc. in abundance. Expressing his concerns on the same he said – “We need development in states like Bihar, Odisha, West Bengal, Northeast states. I think special attention needs to be paid to states in eastern India. Bihar is not poor and people there are very talented, but bad governance, and a peculiar political culture in the last 20 years has destroyed the state.”

Scores of tea stall sold hundreds of cups of tea during the PR exercise. In the process, a bit of the NaMo persona was sold, too, to an excited audience. In the run-up the parliamentary polls, the BJP is likely to organise around 15 sessions of ‘Chai Pe Charcha’ and the party is aiming at directly interacting with around two crore voters through the medium.

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