I thought that may be at Delhi airport Panda is showing off! I often come to know through print and electronic media (in fact OTV news is the only local effective media and that too owned by Panda’s wife!) that Panda rides motor-cycle and cycles, walks kilometers to reach villages in his constituency and many other such news.
I always think that these are symbolisms and tokenisms for interest of electoral benefit or self branding. Therefore I thought that at Delhi he is doing some tokenism but definitely there would be a red carpet welcome at Bhubaneswar airport!
After deboarding at the Bhubaneswar airport I kept following him. I saw that he was greeted only by one of his relative/worker. He simply asked, ‘Is there any transport available or?’ indirectly he was asking to take a taxi. The person with him said that Panda's car was there and he immediately proceeded to his transport.
I was at cross road! I was hell bent to expose this industrialist MP, expecting him to do at least one mistake by demanding luxury. But he just like any commoner simply carried his baggage and got in to his privet car! I thought this was unfortunate for me not to get a chance to protest against a public representative. But immediately I realized my responsibility.
If we criticise our representatives for their mistakes, we need to appreciate their good works also. Thus I went near to his car and knocked. He lowered his window glass. I extended my hand for a shake! He was confused yet extended his hand. I just said ‘You are not among those MPs who seek royal treatment from airlines! I am proud of it!’ He perhaps realised the message and immediately responded that ‘I don’t believe in these’ (royal treatment for MPs).
I then tweeted “@Panda_Jay Thank you, you r not among those MPs who seek royal treatment from airlines as special privilege! We are proud of you!’
@Panda_Jay Thanks, U r not among those MPs who seek royal treatment from airlines as special privilege! We proud of you!— Biranchi Acharya (@acharya_bn) January 31, 2014
After some time Panda replied to my tweet adding that ‘Thanks, was nice meet you @ airport!’
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