From all indications, it seems this New Year's Eve may turn out to be rather unusual. Armed with the customary music and dance, Delhi nightclubs and pubs are gearing up for a surprising end to 2016 by throwing in a bit of Modi into their menu.
On 31 December, as the nation bids adieu to 2016, restaurants and bars in the city are planning a special screening of the Prime Minister's public address at 7.30 pm, a day after his 50-day deadline for economic normalcy to return, since demonetisation was announced on 8 November.
"We would love to show the live coverage of Modi's speech, as our customers would be keen to listen to it. Accordingly, we will plan something," said Siddharth Kumar, culture manager at Social Cafe and Bar.
On 8 November, the Prime Minister had declared ₹1,000 and ₹500 currency notes would be demonetised in a bid to eliminate corruption and black money. With the 50-day deadline ending on Friday, everyone is wondering what his latest address would be all about. Social media is already busy speculating, as jokes keep doing the rounds.
According to a report, bar managers have claimed that many customers are booking tables after inquiring about arrangements for PM Modi's speech.
"Apart from getting updates from YouTube, Twitter and news portals, people would be more comfortable watching the announcement on the screens. So we would keep the option of screening it. On customers' demand we will telecast Modi's speech," said Kamaljeet Kaur, manager of The Vault Cafe in Connaught Place.
A representative at The Flying Saucer Cafe in Nehru Place also said they have kept the option of screening the speech open.
The police have also been put on alert to deal with any fallout after the address. "Those pubs and restaurants facilitating the special screening of Modi's speech will be contacted and accordingly adequate police personnel will be deployed," said a senior police officer.
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