Vadodara: He is a tea seller. On Wednesday, he became BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi's proposer as the latter filed his nomination papers in Vadodara. Kiran Mahida shot into limelight as he sat to Modi's right when the latter filed his papers.
Dressed in a crisp white cotton shirt and trousers, Mahida sat proud, his head held high at the honour bestowed on him by the Gujarat strongman.
"I am elated at this honour. Modi was a chai-wala (tea seller), so he knows how to respect them," he said.
And he was not the only proposer. He shared the honour with a woman member of the city's royal family, Rajmata Shubhangini Raje Gaekwad.
"BJP is about bringing together the rich and the poor," Mahida explained.
"My clear support is there 100 per cent with him," Rajmata Shubhangini said.
Modi has astutely capitalised on the Congress's jibes at him over his tea-selling background.
"I am a chai-wallah and in India, every tea seller has the right to be the Prime Minister," he is often heard telling the massive crowds at his rallies.
With this latest act, Modi has scored more brownie points for himself.