Houston: Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is in Houston to attend the 'Howdy Modi!' event left netizens impressed with his gesture when he promptly picked up flowers from the ground which fell from the bouquet given to him during the welcome ceremony at the airport.
As soon as Prime Minister disembarked from the aircraft, he was welcomed by the Indian and American officials present at the airport to receive him.
In a video, it can be seen that one of the woman officials handed over a flower bouquet to Modi. During this moment, some flowers fell on the red carpet. The Prime Minister immediately picked up the flowers and handed over to one of his security personnel.
This presence of mind of Modi left the netizens impressed with many wondering if the Prime Minister's gesture was towards "Swachhta Abhiyan".
"Was that a belief of not crushing part of the plant with feet or was it a gesture towards Swachhta Abhiyan?," a Twitter user wrote.
"Where PM Narendra Modi spontaneously picks up a flower or a stem, which had fallen on the ground from a bouquet presented to him, and hands it over to his security staff. Simplicity!" wrote another user.
Some Twitter users said this was a manifestation of the down to earth nature of the Prime Minister.
"A part of that bouquet fallen on ground was picked up by NAMO. Such is the down to earth nature of our PM that he doesn't even cares for any protocol," wrote a Twitter user.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to address the Indian community at the mega 'Howdy Modi!' event on September 22 at the NRG stadium. Around 50,000 people are expected to attend the event.
US President Donald Trump will also be taking part in the 'Howdy Modi!' event.