Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday made a surprise visit to the ongoing “Hunar Haat” at the India Gate lawns, where he interacted with some artisans and had litti-chokha and kulhad chai. For many people, Mr Modi’s choice of litti-chokha was a signal to the people of Bihar, where Assembly polls are due in October-November this year. Litti-chokha is a popular dish in Bihar, Jharkhand and parts of UP.
About 50% of the master artisans, crafts people and culinary experts were women.The “Hunar Haat” is an initiative of the minority affairs ministry, which claims about 3 lakh artisans, culinary experts and crafts people.
Mr Modi, who spent almost an hour there, paid
120 for the litti-chokha and40 for two cups of tea, which he had with minority affairs minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi. The PM interacted with many crafts people and artisans. Many visitors took selfies with the PM.”Spent a wonderful afternoon at Hunar Haat on India Gate. It showed the best of products including handicrafts, carpets, textiles and, of course, delicious food.Had tasty Litti Chokha for lunch along with a hot cup of tea,” Mr Modi tweeted.
Ata-Ur-Rehman, an artisan from Mumbai said,”I got the chance to shake hands with the Prime Minister for the first time in my life. I am really happy”.