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Post Thakur’s swearing-in, Modi sips coffee in Shimla, reminisces old days

SNS | New Delhi |

It’s tough to resist a cup of steaming hot coffee on a cold winter day and Prime Minister Narendra Modi is no different as he took a brief halt at the iconic ‘Indian Coffee House’ on the Mall Road in Shimla to “relish” a hot cuppa while returning from Jai Ram Thakur’s oath taking ceremony on Wednesday.

With the oath-taking ceremony taking place in the open at the historic ‘Ridge Maidan’ in the capital of the hill state and day temperatures dropping to 10 degrees, the attendees including Modi must have found it tough to brace the chill.

And as he passed by the vintage coffee house while on his way back to the helipad, the aroma of brewing hot coffee must’ve triggered the prime minister’s senses forcing him to halt.

Swarmed by locals who snapped him merrily, an impervious Modi savoured the hot broth in a white bone china cup as he recalled the old days when he used to frequent the shop while visiting the hill state for party work.

Sharing the photos on Twitter, Modi said: “In Shimla, relished coffee at the Indian Coffee House and reminisced old days.”

“The coffee tastes as good as it did two decades ago, when I would frequent Himachal for party work,” he added.

Modi also thanked the people of Shimla for the “warm welcome”.

“I thank the people of Shimla for the warm welcome,” he tweeted.

Five-time legislator Thakur became the new CM of Himachal in the presence of Modi, BJP chief Amit Shah, Union Ministers Rajnath Singh and Nitin Gadkari as well as chief ministers of BJP ruled states including Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath.

The BJP wrested power in Himachal from the Congress, winning close to a two thirds majority with 44 seats in the 68-member Assembly. The Congress won 21 seats, independents two and the Communist Party of India-Marxist one.

Thakur emerged as a front runner after Dhumal and state party chief Satpal Satti were defeated in the November 9 elections. The poll results were declared on December 18.