Modi's mother HIraben, watches son's coronation


Prime Minister Narendra Modi\'smother Hiraben, who could not attend her son\'s swearing-in ceremony at Rashtrapati Bhavan today, ensured she keeps pace with the developments on television.

Ahmedabad: Prime Minister Narendra Modi'smother Hiraben, who could not attend her son's swearing-in ceremony at Rashtrapati Bhavan today, ensured she keeps pace with the developments on television. Sitting in a small room with her family members, 92-year-old Hiraben watched live coverage of the gala event. She seemed unperturbed by scores of cameramen and reporters who had crowded the room to seek her reaction.

Modi was blessed by his mother at her home in Gandhinagar after BJP won the electoral mandate to form the next government at the Centre. "He has my blessings and he will lead the country towards development," she had said after blessing her son. She stays with her other son Pankaj Modi in Gandhinagar.
Modi's family is proud that he has taken oath, one of his family members said here today.
"I am extremely happy that Narendrabhai is becoming India's PM. It's a matter of joy and pride for all family members. We could have gone there to attend the swearing-in ceremony. However, we famliy members didn't want to divert his attention. Thus, we have decided to watch the ceremony on television," Prime Minister Modi's younger brother Prahlad Modi, who lives in Ahmedabad, told reporters here today.
"Another reason we didn't go, is because we don't want anyone to raise fingers at Modi claiming that he favoured his family. Thus, none of us went to attend the ceremony," Prahlad said.
Similarly, Narendra Modi's elder brother Somabhai Modi and his family also stayed back. "We just want to make sure that no trouble should be caused to him due to us (family members). We don't want to give a chance to anyone to allege that Modi believes in nepotism. Thus, we haven't gone to Delhi to attend the ceremony," Somabhai said.
Meanwhile, BJP workers organised several events across Gujarat to welcome Modi as PM after his swearing-in ceremony. A fireworks display was organised at 6.30 pm at Naranpura crossroads and Vyas Wadi area here, which are both places under the Naranpura assembly seat, held by Modi's right hand, Amit Shah.
Similarly, the BJP Yuva Morcha also asked his workers to celebrate the day by distributing sweets and organise small rallies across Gujarat.
A letter sent to Yuva Morcha workers also suggested that Modi's swearing-in should be shown to the people by putting up LCD monitors at public places.
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