Prime Minister Narendra Modi is never short of throwing surprises. In offering yet another surprise to many, Modi has inducted a former plumber into his cabinet as part of the cabinet reshuffle. BJP’s leader from Dalit community in Punjab Vijay Sampala has been accorded with Minister of State. It’s a rags to riches story. 53-year-old Vijay started off his career as a plumber in Saudi Arabia soon after he completed his matriculation. He later returned to Punjab and proved himself as a successful businessman. Subsequently, Vijay forayed into politics and joined BJP decades ago.
He has contested to Lok Sabha from Hoshiarpur constituency in Punjab and finally landed into Modi’s cabinet. In fact, Sampala had no clue that he would be inducted in Modi’s cabinet. And when he first got the call, he even doubted the caller. He only believed when Modi personally telephoned him and invited him to Rashtrapathi Bhavan. “That’s the greatness of BJP. A tea seller’s son can become the prime minister and a plumber can become a minister. I am grateful that Modi ji and Amit ji took me into cabinet,” Sampla said. That’s the beauty of democracy folks.