Tribal family gets toilet, LPG stove for Amit Shah visit

The excitement about the Shah’s visit to the home of Rathvas, a senior BJP worker and tribal farmer, is palpable. Party leaders have been visiting his home to ensure everything goes well.

Written by RITESH GOHIL | Chhota Udepur | Updated: May 31, 2017 5:37 am
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Popatbhai Rathva’s wife sits before a woodfire chulha on the mud-plastered floor of her kitchen of exposed brick walls, preparing meal for a special guest, BJP president Amit Shah, who is scheduled to arrive here on Wednesday as part of the party’s ongoing booth-level vistarak programme. A freshly-built concrete toilet block stands just outside the house in Devaliya village with a white ceramic washbasin, erected for the visit. The LPG bottle connected to the gas stove in the kitchen is a temporary arrangement till the lunch is served to the special guest.

The excitement about the Shah’s visit to the home of Rathvas, a senior BJP worker and tribal farmer, is palpable. Party leaders have been visiting his home to ensure everything goes well. “We were told about the visit of Amit Shahji around 10 days ago. We have not made any special arrangement, apart from building a new toilet and washbasin for the guest,” Malkhabhai Rathva, cousin of Popat, said. Popat, meanwhile, remained busy in party meetings.

“On Monday, they (panchayat) began the construction work for the toilet and they completed it today… Though we have toilets for our family in the backyard, a new one was built for the guest near by the entrance of the house so that guest can access it easily,” said Popat’s son Atul. Women were busy arranging vegetables for the meal which is going to be typically “adivasi”. Popat’s mother said, “We are preparing a staple tribal meal for the guest which will include makkai na rotla (maize flour bread), vada (dumplings) and dry tuver bhaaji.”

Though the Rathvas have applied for a LPG connection, it has not yet come through. The largest room in the house has been readied with a table and chair for Shah to dine. “We have been working for the BJP for many years. This is the first time that such a senior party leader is visiting our home. We are excited to welcome him,” said Malkhabhai.

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    Sanjiv dogra
    May 31, 2017 at 10:35 pm
    Bjp is hypocrite. More they will rule more people know their hypocrisy . First it was Yogi then Yadduruppa who ordered meal from hotel to eat and now this.
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      Parth Garg
      May 31, 2017 at 4:24 pm
      If there is nothing to cook and eat then what use the Gas Stove and the toilet. A good job is what the poor needs.
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        Kamal Pasha
        May 31, 2017 at 4:01 pm
        More than 50 of Indian population live like this family. I have seen in Bombay, people relieving themselves in the streets, including females. Shame on India for spending billions on arms.
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          Ag
          May 31, 2017 at 3:29 pm
          Shah will poo in this toilet will make it dirty and smelly and poor chaddi force will say Bhagwan ka prasad hai sare chaddi force ko khilao taza ki sab chor ki tarah kam kare. Poor illiterate exploit by thug criminal leader.
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            Amit Bhattacharjie
            May 31, 2017 at 2:53 pm
            Why is this a news? Unless, the toilet, basin and cylinder will be dismantled or taken back after the visit.
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              Dr. Pramod Dubale
              May 31, 2017 at 2:46 pm
              The Rathva family will have to start using the toilet. It's not as if he being invited to use it. What kind of delicious meal he is going to be served. Menu?
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                Shama Rao
                May 31, 2017 at 2:12 pm
                The toilet paper is reporting toilet news?
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                  SMA
                  May 31, 2017 at 2:03 pm
                  This is a real face of BJP. From Jumla to show off... I am sure the authorities will snatch all these after the Shah's visit.
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