While the country is headed into the election fever, Prime Minister Narendra Modi shared a light moment with Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar. Calling it a ‘breather’ amid elections, in a ‘completely non-political' conversation with the PM, 'Khiladi' Kumar unveiled his interaction with the PM on Wednesday.
Talking candidly in the entire conversation, among other things PM Modi revealed that he eats mango and he has a habit to crack jokes to lighten up the moment.
Narrating an incident from his past meeting in Gujarat during PM Modi's tenure as the chief minister of Gujarat, Kumar asked that if PM Modi's humour is intact even after becoming a Prime Minister because his image is taken to be as an strict administrator.
Prime Minister Modi replied:
"This image is wrong. All those who say that I make them work are not doing a correct analysis. Yes they can say that there is a lot of work. But I believe in creating a work culture. See earlier PMs would go at 7 or 8 in the evening after finishing their work. Now I sit in the office even till midnight. Even at 11, I call them and ask if the work is done. So they see and they learn. As far as strict is concerned then I have a discipline. If someone is using a mobile phone during meetings, they are wasting time on other things. I ask them about what is happening, they have no answer, then I said no mobiles in my meetings. My phone doesn't ring even once. This shows I am dedicating my time to them."
"Now coming to humour, in my family, even earlier, when my father or anyone used to get angry, I used to lighten the mood in few minutes. So even now in Cabinet meetings, I crack jokes, but the juniors feel like he is the PM. And nowadays, I am afraid due to the time. there is cherry picking and slamming. Its all TRP, I fear that. So I control my humour."
He went on to share his memory with the Ghulam Nabi Azad of Congress party and that Mamata Banerjee, CM of West Bengal sends him kurta and bengali sweets twice or thrice a year.
The Prime Minister was also shown memes of himself and asked what he thinks when he sees them: