Modi’s Fam­ily Re­mains Con­spic­u­ous in Ab­sence

Naren­dra Modi’s mother Hiraba was ear­lier slated to take part in the swear­ing-in cer­e­mony, but could not at­tend due to ill health

The Economic Times - - Pure Politics Modi - DP BHAT­TACHARYA

While his pro­posers from Vado­dara formed a part of the con­tin­gent from Gu­jarat that at­tended the swear­ing in cer­e­mony of the Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi, his fam­ily chose to watch the cer­e­mony on their tele­vi­sion sets at home. In fact, the fam­ily had made it clear that they will not be at­tend­ing the event ear­lier. Speak­ing to ET on Sun­day evening, Prime Min­is­ter’s younger brother Prahlad Modi had said that “the fam­ily has de­cided to watch the pro­gramme on tele­vi­sion.” He, how­ever, had said that he will be in Delhi on Mon­day for some per­sonal work, but will not at­tend the event. “I have to go there for some works re­lat­ing to my ra­tion shop in Delhi,” Prahlad told ET. “How­ever, I’ll leave af­ter my work and not at­tend the event,” he added. Ac­cord­ing to the fam­ily, Prime Min­is­ter’s mother Hiraba, who was ear­lier slated to at­tend the cer­e­mony, could not do so ow­ing to ill health. She too watched the event in Gand­hi­na­gar. Hiraba, stays with Pankaj Modi, the youngest brother of Naren­dra Mo- inated him,” said Ki­ran Mahida, the tea ven­dor from Vado­dara, who was one of the pro­posers for Naren­dra Modi.

“From that day, it is a jour­ney in dreams, a walk of pride,” Mahida had told ET.

“This was not mere sym­bol­ism, he re­mem­bered a small man like me even af­ter win­ning the elec­tions and in­vited me to at­tend swear­ing in. It will be the proud­est mo­ment of my life . This is more than a dream com­ing true,” he said.

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