DELHI is agog over the Prime Minister’s residence and office. The grapevine speaks of how the Prime Minister admonished the Home Minister and the Home Secretary. He is not happy with the Finance Minister. He has refused to meet so and so. It is terrible that one can’t confirm the buzz from the grapevine. There is no denial or confirmation from the PM’s office. It seems Modi does not care for rumour mongers. Why is this happening? For 68 years, whosoever has been the Prime Minister has lived for a long time in Delhi and had a circle of friends and acquaintances. Modi has never lived in Delhi nor has he developed party circuit friends and is not a party enthusiast himself. There had been a circle of 150 people who always had access to the Prime Minister’s residence. Whenever there was a change, some people would be left out but about 100 people always remained. Modi has changed the dynamics. Out of this 150-strong coterie, none has access to the Prime Minister’s residence anymore. In another change, Modi lives alone. Except for his personal assistants, there is no one to have informal chats with Modi who has a regimented routine from morning to evening. He is the first Prime Minister in a long time to spend a lot of time in South Block. Modi has earmarked Saturday and Sunday for travelling within the country or abroad. The RSS leadership also has limited access to the Prime Minister’s residence and they don’t divulge anything. So, if anyone tells you any story about the Prime Minister’s residence, know he is a liar.
VOL. 9, ISSUE 6 | SEPT, 2015