No bouquets for PM Narendra Modi please, MHA directs states

"No bouquet may be presented to the PM during his tours within India. At best will be a flower among with a khadi handkerchief or a book may be presented to welcome the dignitary," the ministry said in a notification.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: July 17, 2017 5:11 pm
Narendra Modi, Bouquet, Bouquet for PM, Ministry of Home Affairs PM Modi being welcomed by Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar, MoS’s Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi and MoS in Prime Minister’s Office, Jitendra Singh, before the start of Monsoon session of Parliament in New Delhi on Monday. (PTI Photo)

The Ministry of Home Affairs on Monday directed all states and Union Territories to refrain from presenting Prime Minister Narendra bouquets during his tours within India. It added that “at best”, a flower, handkerchief or book may be presented to welcome the dignitary, reported news agency ANI.

“No bouquet may be presented to the PM during his tours within India. At best will be a flower among with a khadi handkerchief or a book may be presented to welcome the dignitary,” the ministry said in a notification. “All states/Union territories are requested to suitably sensitise all concerned to ensure strict compliance of the above instructions.”

Exactly a month ago, on June 17, Prime Minister Narendra Modi appealed to people to gift him a book rather than a bouquet as a greeting. Speaking at the launch of PN Panicker Reading Day, Modi had said, “I believe that reading and knowledge should not be limited only to work related aspects. It should help develop habits of social responsibility, service to the nation and service to humanity. It should cure the evils in society and nation. It should spread the idea of peace along with respect for unity and integrity of the nation. Such a move can make a big difference.”

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    Niladrinath Mohanty
    Jul 18, 2017 at 6:51 am
    A decision to my heart. Should be applicable for all occasions and every body. What a waste of money that could go for buying books or pencils for school going children and also what waste of time and man hours! Should have been implemented a long time ago. But I am foxed. Does it mean that according to the order instead bouquets garlands are acceptable?
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      GandhiSpeaks
      Jul 18, 2017 at 1:56 am
      People from the south will not like it, since they are used to offering garland fit for an elephant.
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      1. Anjum Muzahid
        Jul 17, 2017 at 10:05 pm
        Sidhey Sidhey MBA walo Ko bolna chahiye. Rajiv gandhi part 2 na ho isliye aisa kadam utha rahey hai
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          bitterhoney
          Jul 18, 2017 at 6:22 am
          I agree with you, this directive is only due to growing security concerns as Modi ji is on the hit list of terrorists. Directive should be implemented strictly.
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        2. A Sharma
          Jul 17, 2017 at 9:22 pm
          But let me also comment this is a welcome step, there is no point of giving flowers gifts to each other at taxpayers expense. A namastey suffices.
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          1. A Sharma
            Jul 17, 2017 at 9:02 pm
            One flower, very corny. Drop the flower completely. Looks like valentines gift.Yuck.
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