Ahmedabad: Observing the 5th death anniversary of Ishwarbhai Patel– popularly known as ‘Toilet Man of India’ or 'Mr Toilet'– Gujarat Chief Minister Anandiben Patel on Saturday revealed that she readily agreed to marry her daughter off to Jayesh Patel when she learnt he was 'the safaiwala's son'.
Speaking at an event held at Tagore Hall in Paldi, Anandiben Patel said that one day she got hold of Anar's book and found a picture of a man in it. When she asked her whose picture it was, Anar told her that it was of Ishwarbhai's son.
“When I learnt it was ‘Safaiwala’s son?’ and she said ‘yes’. I immediately gave my consent,” Gujarat CM was quoted as saying by Indian Express.
During the event, Ishwarbhai Patel's wife, son Jayesh and Anandiben's daughter Anar were also present on the stage.
Anandiben, who was earlier a teacher, said that she knew Ishwarbhai much before the wedding of her daughter as he used to come to her school for talks on cleanliness and sanitation. Praising his work in sanitation, she said that lots of NGOs, including Manav Sadhna run by Jayesh’s, are helping the government, Indian Express further states.
The audience lauded Anandiben for her this gesture.