Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday broke down while addressing an event in Goa on Sunday as he talked about the “sacrifices” he had made for the country. “I was not born to sit on a chair of high office. Whatever I had, my family, my home-I left it for nation,” he said. In his emotionally-charged speech on his decision to demonetise currency notes of denominations Rs 500 and Rs 1000, he urged the nation to bear with the difficulties for another 50 days, after which the operations will be smooth.
However, this was not the first time the Prime Minister broke down on stage. Here are three other instances when PM Modi broke down on stage.
1. At Facebook Town Hall
During his Facebook townhall with founder Mark Zuckerberg at Menlo Park , PM Modi broke down while talking about his mother. He was describing how his mother had to manage the house affairs, when he was young, after his father passed away. Modi credited his success to the sacrifices made by his mother.
2. First speech in Parliament
While addressing the Parliament for the first time after being elected Prime Minister, Narendra Modi had overcome with emotion as he spoke about all those people who supported the BJP against all odds. He said those people have come to him with lots of dreams and hopes and that it’s his job to fulfill them. He then said that no one should say that the BJP is blessed to have Modi — saying so, he broke down, bowing his head down to the audience. He then asked for water and composed himself.
3. Tribute to HH Pramukh Swami
PM Modi became emotional as he paid paid homage to Pramukh Swami, the religious head of the Swaminarayan sect, saying he has lost a fatherly figure. Recalling his close association with Pramukh Swami, who passed away on August 13 in Sarangpur, Modi called him his “father” as he was twice overcome by emotion during his 20 minute long speech.