In an interesting turn of events during the foundation stone laying ceremony of a railway overbridge at Sreepuria Road in Tinsukia district of Assam on September 17th, 2019, State Finance Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma and Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal refused to cut the birthday cake of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The reason, the cake carried the picture of Modi.
After the foundation stone was laid, the organizers had organised the cake cutting ceremony to celebrate the Prime Minister’s 69th birthday. When the cake was brought to the stage at the Gulab Chandra Natya Mandir where the ceremony was held, Sarma refused to cut the cake much to the amusement of the organisers.
“Today as it is PM Modi’s birthday, we thought of cutting a cake. But those who baked the cake had put a picture of our beloved Modiji. If we cut the cake, we have to cut the picture of Modi and that we can’t. We will cut another cake,” Sarma told newsmen.
“PM Modi has given utmost importance to seva (service) over cutting a cake on his birthday. So, he has asked BJP workers to celebrate his birthday by serving the society,” Sarma added. Assam Finance Minister further said that the railway bridge is a gift to the society on the occasion of Modi’s birthday.
To mark Modi’s birthday, the Bharatiya Janata Party will observe the ‘Seva Saptah’ till September 20th, 2019. Sarma donated blood at the Gauhati Medical College and Hospital as part of the seva.
It may be mentioned, the proposed railway overbridge will be 563.4 m long and the total budget of the bridge is estimated at Rs 60.21 crore. The bridge is the fourth among the 10 new overbridges that were declared by Sarma in the 2017-18 Budget.
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