A Kerala MLA is being praised on social media after he asked people to give him books instead of flowers when they meet him. CPM MLA VK Prasanth promised to donate those books to the libraries of various government schools in the constituency.
Prasanth, who became an MLA in the Vattiyoorkavu constituency after winning the recent bypolls in the state, requested people who wanted to give him flowers to give him books instead.
Reports said that the legislator had been approached by local government schools, who had sought his help to set up libraries for their students. In a Facebook post on November 14, the MLA requested his residents of his constituency to donate books to him.
Prasanth shared photos of a rally in his constituency last week in which people donated books to him.
The MLA later announced that he had received over 3500 books, which he will be handing over to the government schools in his constituency. He also thanked those who backed the cause.
The Vattiyoorkavu MLA is locally known as “Mayor Bro” after actively participating in flood relief activities during the natural calamity in 2018.
Incidentally, Prime Minister Narendra Modi in 2017 had also asked people to give him books instead of flowers.
The Ministry of Home Affairs had announced in July 2017 that flower bouquets cannot be presented to Prime Minister Modi during his tours within India. The move was a follow-up after Modi, during a trip to Kerala, urged people to gift him a book instead of a bouquet of flowers, citing a practice followed by Kerala-based P.N. Panicker Foundation..