Puttur: State minister of health and family welfare U T Khader proved himself to be a man of the masses by sharing a simple rice gruel lunch with his companions in a roadside restaurant here while on his way to Mysuru on Friday.
Perhaps any of his cabinet colleagues or other elected representatives would have sat in a nearby inspection bungalow and ordered the officials to provide him with a sumptuous fare. They, besides toadies wanting to curry favour with him, would have happily obliged him.
He was travelling in a car with three or four other companions. As he passed through the town, itt was Friday namaaz time and hence he stopped over at a mosque on the outskirts.
It was lunch-time thereafter and instead of getting into any high-end eatery in town, he chose a roadside restaurant located close to the mosque.
Others joined him in eating a simple meal made of rice gruel. Those around deeply appreciated his simplicity and accessible nature.