PM Modi talks about an old colleague from the days of Jan Sangh

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New Delhi: Senior BJP leader Mohan Lal Bothiyal could not believe it when he received a call from the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) stating that PM Narendra Modi wanted to talk to him.
76-year-old Mr. Bauthiyal received a call at 8.26 am Wednesday while going for a walk in his wheat fields in his native village Etah in Dugadda block of Pauri district of Uttarakhand.

He was overjoyed to hear the voice of the Prime Minister at the other end within seconds of a call from the PMO, who asked him how he was doing.

PM Modi spoke to his old colleague for about three minutes, traveling on Smriti Lane.

He talked about how he met during the 1998 State BJP Working Committee meeting in Badrinath and again in 2014 at an election meeting in Srinagar, Garhwal.

PM Modi told Mr. Bauthiyal that he was talking to him as he had decided to talk to his old friends at his critical time during the Jan Sangh days. “It is a great honor for a party worker when the Prime Minister himself asks him to ask how he is doing. These are the qualities that have made Modi ji a hero of the masses,” said Mr. Butial, who is known to the leaders Is believed to be in the middle. BJP in Uttarakhand

Mr. Bauthiyal joined the Jana Sangh in 1960, the Janata Party in 1970 and the BJP in 1980.

After removing Uttarakhand from Uttar Pradesh, Mr. Bauthiyal held a number of important party positions, including the chairman of the BJP’s Panchayat Cell, being a member of the party’s National Council and also the chairman of its disciplinary committee.