Young UP couple become celebrity of sorts after PM Modi names their daughter

The PM suggested Vaibhavi because it would include letters of both parents -- Vibha and Bharat.

Written by RAMENDRA SINGH | Lucknow | Updated: October 22, 2016 10:00 am
Uttar Pradesh, Narendra Modi, Modi, Uttar pradesh news, UP Modi support, Modi support UP, UP news, iNdia news Bharat and Vibha with their newborn daughter in Mirzapur on Friday. (Express Photo)

A young couple from a village in eastern Uttar Pradesh’s Mirzapur district has become a celebrity of sorts after Prime Minister Narendra Modi called them up and and named their newborn daughter, ‘Vaibhavi’.

Bharat Singh, the son of a farmer from Nayapura Hansipur village of Seekhar block, said he and his wife Vibha had discussed about writing to the PM for about two months before their daughter was born on August 13.

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“We had always wanted a daughter. I don’t have a sister and girls care more about their parents than boys. After our daughter’s birth, my wife wrote to the PM asking him to name our daughter. She also mentioned that his campaign for the girl child has been an inspiration and that two Indian girls had won medals in the Olympics, which is a moment of joy for the country,” said Bharat.

He added that he sent the letter by speed post to the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) on August 13 itself. “On August 20, a Saturday, I received a call around 10 pm. The person on the phone said the prime minister wanted to talk to me. Then the PM came on the line and spoke to me for about two-and-a-half minutes. He congratulated me and said I should name the girl Vaibhavi because it will include letters of both me and my wife’s names,” said Bharat.

The next day, an elated Bharat told villagers about the call from the PM. But not many believed his story, he said.

On August 22, he called the number from which he had received the call from the PMO. He requested the official on the phone to send him a letter containing the PM’s response.

Bharat received a brief letter from the PMO through speed post on August 30. The letter, dated August 24, was addressed to Bharat and Vibha and signed by the PM. In the letter, the PM congratulated the couple for “the arrival of a daughter in your home”. “You will fulfill Vaibhavi’s dreams and Vaibhavi will become your power, my good wishes…” he added.

Bharat said he went ahead and showed the letter to the villagers. “I had kept the letter with me for more than a month. But then I thought I should tell more people about it because this is a very good thing. Then I told the mediapersosns about it,” he claimed. Bharat, who had studied up to Class XII, works in Agra. Vibha is a postgraduate in commerce and has a bachelor’s degree in education, he said.

When contacted, PMO officials confirmed that the PM had sent such a letter to the couple.

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    IML sood
    Oct 22, 2016 at 12:06 am
    Any comment from pigs,means PM haters!
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      Rp
      Oct 22, 2016 at 11:43 am
      Connecting to common people is great with so much busy schedule, since he sacrifice his married life and dedicated his life to country and people. Modi is really doing his duty. We the common people not able to do our duties and blaming him for everything.
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        S.Dinesh.
        Oct 22, 2016 at 4:03 am
        The PM seems to be competing with Sushma Swaraj now !
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          Vikas
          Oct 22, 2016 at 5:11 am
          UP election is approaching Modiji going to all sort of Bihar like tactics....Ultimately the have to face drubbing in UP....now more than 50 seats .....
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            Ashok Sheoran
            Oct 23, 2016 at 3:15 am
            He is people's PM and this personal touch to a common man is uncommon elsewhere!!lt;br/gt;He is the leader I feel every Indian should be very very proud of!
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              Raj
              Oct 22, 2016 at 12:06 pm
              Dude, BJP commentors should not deceive people with these fake comments. India deserves honest opinions.
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                Raj
                Oct 22, 2016 at 11:13 am
                This is pathetic, why does the PM give a name to their daughter, this should be done by the elders of the house. As much as Mr Modi is an effective orator and decent politician, this is probably with an eye on the upcoming UP elections.
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                  Dash
                  Oct 22, 2016 at 7:26 am
                  I have seen at lest a dozen of people who have new born babies(girl) and they say Modi has been able to change the mindset of people.
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