In the Anil Kapoor-classic, Nayak, a television presenter (enacted by Kapoor himself), became the Chief Minister for a day, bringing in sweeping changes in the system. But how does it feel to be the Chief Minister’s guest for a day? For Harsh Solanki, a sanitation worker from Gujarat, this was an unforgettable experience.
Solanki and his family were special visitors at Arvind Kejriwal’s house on Monday. They had the privilege of having lunch with the Delhi CM.
There’s a backdrop to his interesting episode. Kejriwal and Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann were addressing a sanitation workers’ meeting in Ahmedabad on Sunday, during which the former promised to implement the ‘equal work, equal pay’ policy if voted to power in Gujarat.
During the meeting, Solanki reminded Kejriwal that he once had dinner at an auto-rickshaw driver’s house in Ahmedabad. Solanki extended a similar invitation and offered to host him. Little did Solanki realise that the CM would reciprocate his gesture with an invitation for lunch at his residence.
Not just that, Kejriwal even arranged for their plane tickets. That was the beginning of many ‘firsts’ for Solanki. First flight, visiting Punjab Bhawan for the first time and, of course, first lunch with the CM.
State president of Aam Aadmi Party in Gujarat, Gopal Italia, picked up Solanki and his family from their hut-house in Sector 13. After landing in New Delhi, they visited a community clinic and a government school before heading to Kejriwal’s residence.
Solanki was moved by the warmth and affection Kejriwal showered on him. Welcoming him with a warm hug, the Delhi CM, wrapped in a shawl, presented Solanki with a memento as a memory. In the presence of Italia and AAP MP Raghav Chadha, Solanki presented Kejriwal with a portrait of Bhim Rao Ambedkar.
“Our whole family was happy that Harsh, his mother and sister accepted my invitation and had lunch with us,” Kejriwal said.
For Solanki, who works at the Gandhinagar Municipal Corporation as a contract worker, this was the experience of a lifetime. Like in Nayak, it all started with a casual suggestion that became a reality to cherish.