Amid the high-pitched electoral campaigning for 2019 General elections, Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke to Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar in a "non-political" interview in which the two shared some light-hearted reminiscences from each other's life.
While speaking about his friends in Opposition to Akshay Kumar, PM Narendra Modi shared an extraordinary anecdote about West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. Adding that this might amaze everyone, he revealed that Mamata Banerjee sends Kurtas and Bengali sweets to him every year. Read here:
"You will be amazed, Mamata Didi, even now, selects one-two kurtas and send to me each year. Also, sweets as well. I had spoken about Bengali sweets to Bangladesh PM Sheikh Hasina, during my visit, so, even now, she sends me new Bengali sweets especially from Dhaka three-four times in a year. Then after Mamata Didi came to know about it, she also sends Bengali sweets to me once a year."
Later Akshay Kumar asked that if PM Modi's humour is intact even after becoming a Prime Minister because his image is taken to be as a 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."