Excuse me, are you PM? Indian woman asks Cameron

Last Updated: Monday, October 17, 2011 - 19:20

London: "Excuse me, are you the Prime Minister?” a stunned 27-year-old Indian woman inquired from David Cameron, who chose to travel in a tube train during rush hour.

Sanyogita Mayer who has featured in eight Bollywood films, told Cameron that politicians in her native India would never travel by public transport, the Daily Mail reported.

The Prime Minister, travelling on the London Underground to an appointment because it was quicker than going by car, tried to make a good impression with commuters by complimenting a young mother on her baby.

But the conversation stalled somewhat when the baffled woman had to ask her husband who the strange man was enquiring about their child.

Mayer was travelling with her husband Yanko, 31, and their three-month-old daughter Sayama when Mr Cameron approached them.

Mayer, who recently moved to Westminster from India, said: "We were on our way to go shopping. This man got on at Westminster and came past me and said: "Is it your baby?"

"I said `yes`, and he said: "Your baby is really beautiful."

I thanked him for saying that and he moved away but stood
near me. I asked my husband: "Who is this man complimenting my
baby?" "When he told me it was the Prime Minister I told him
to stop joking with me.

"But my husband insisted so I went up to Mr Cameron and I
said: "Excuse me, are you the Prime Minister?"

He said "yes" and I started laughing. Then I apologised
for having to ask him the question."

"He told me he had a very busy schedule and it was
quicker for him to travel by train than go by road," she

Cameron, who was accompanied by a bodyguard as he
travelled on the Jubilee line, responded by striking up a
conversation about her home country.

He told her that he had used the train in Delhi, visited
Mumbai and once received a signed cricket ball from Indian
batsman Sachin Tendulkar.

Mayer, who said she felt ‘compelled’ to take a photo of
the meeting, added: "I was so surprised that a man like him
would travel on the Tube and I was very struck by how down to
earth he seemed."


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First Published: Monday, October 17, 2011 - 19:20

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