An artist from Bhuj, Gujarat who had drawn an 80-square-feet sketch of Narendra Modi, touted to be the world’s biggest, got a pleasant surprise on Tuesday as he got a call from the Prime Minister’s Office thanking him for the gesture.

In a tweet, PM Modi said: “Got this sketch from Manoj, who belongs to Bhuj. Spoke to him this morning and thanked him for his gesture.”

According to the artist Manoj Soni, it took him five months to draw the sketch using coloured pencils and is the world’s largest sketch of PM Modi made by coloured pencils.

“This sketch is of our respected Prime Minister Shri Narendra Damordas Modi. The sketch is world’s largest sketch made by colour pencils. Its size is 80 sqft. It takes five months to be completed. Hope you like my art made heartily by me,” Soni said in a message along with the sketch.