Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation’s estate department has sealed the venue of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s much discussed ‘chai pe charcha’ web broadcast – Iskcon Ganthiya tea shop.
Iskon Ganthia tea shop on Sarkhej-Gandhinagar highway indianexpress
The civic authority found the structure to be illegal and the cause of traffic clutter.
PM Modi at Iskon Ganthia tea shop in 2014 chaiwallahsofindia
The venue was also causing inconvenience to motorists and other visitors as customers used to park their vehicles in a haphazard manner.
“On at least two occasions, AMC tax inspectors had visited the shop requesting the owners to produce approved building plans and ownership details. The owners could not produce any of the documents and we had to seal the premises,” said a senior AMC official.
Modi’s election campaign team – Citizens for Accountable Governance (CAG) had chosen the shop as the venue for the ‘chai pe charcha’ broadcasts ahead of Lok Sabha elections in 2014.
CAG used a unique combination of satellite, DTH, internet and mobile technologies to relay the interaction of Modi with voters, at 1,000 tea stalls identified by the BJP in 300 cities and towns across the country. These included 61 locations in 22 cities and towns in Gujarat.
Iskcon Ganthiya featured pictures of Modi with earphones, engaging with people via giant screens.