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H Kumar has expressed contrition for his controversial announcement on a Churchgate-bound local, but says his admiration for Modi will only grow.
H Kumar, the train guard, who stirred up controversy by greeting passengers with ‘Jai Modi!’ on a Churchgatebound local on December 5 has expressed contrition for his act. As reported by Mumbai Mirror yesterday, Kumar, 56, used the passenger announcement system to relay the salutation. It was preceded by the more common ‘Jai Hind!’. A complaint was filed against him at the area office of the Western Railway at Churchgate by S S Sayed, who was travelling on the 9:53 am fast train from Bhayander.
have always been a deshbhakt, and always end my announcements on trains with ‘Jai Hind!’. I have been doing this since 1994,” said Kumar. “But my superiors have spoken to me, and have advised me to only use ‘Jai Hind’, and I think they are right. So, I won’t be using ‘Jai Modi’ anymore.”
But his admiration of prime minister Narendra Modi’s “great work” will only grow, said Kumar, who plans to make a movie on the “developmental work undertaken by Modi sahib”. “I am a big fan of Narendra Modi, and I didn’t think that my announcement last week would be misinterpreted. But, all the same, I’m already researching for my movie and I will start shooting for it after Holi next year.” The title of the movie, Kumar said, will be Ab Kya Hoga? “It will be a thriller,” added Kumar, who has previously acted in Mehul Kumar’s Jaago, and in a Rajasthani film.
Sayed, an advocate, told Mirror that Kumar’s announcement was an offensive act that amounted to contempt of the nation. He said that while he had the greatest love for his country, a greeting that used the prime minister’s name had no place anywhere on Indian Railways. Kumar’s colleagues told Mirror that he was an “emotional” sort of man, who got carried away. Kumar will retire in 2020.
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