Post-demonetisation, Modi’s 96-yr-old mother gets notes exchanged at the bank, and tweeple love her for it

'Ma tujhe salaam' seems to be the popular sentiment.

By: Trends Desk | New Delhi | Updated: November 16, 2016 12:49 pm
Netizens have been profusely praising Hiraba Modi for supporting her son's initiative and setting an example. Netizens have been profusely praising Hiraba Modi for supporting her son’s initiative and setting an example.

While much of the social media space has been taken up by disgruntled people thanks to the unexpected demonetisation of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes by PM Narendra Modi on November 8, Netizens are now applauding his nonagenarian mother for setting an example. A photograph of Modi’s mother Hiraba visiting a bank at her village in Gandhinagar, just like other citizens, and exchanging her old notes in view of the demonetisation of the high value currency notes has gone viral.

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Accompanied by relatives, Hiraba, who was in a wheelchair, came to a branch of Oriental Bank of Commerce at Raisan village this morning and got notes worth Rs 4,500 exchanged. She came to the bank with Rs 500 notes, got the mandatory form filled, put her thumb impression on the form and exchanged her money.

Over the past week, banks across India have seen unprecedented activity with people from all walks of life making a beeline to deposit, exchange and withdraw money. Ever since ATMs became functional from November 11 onwards, cash lasts for barely a couple of hours with people desperate to withdraw money for their daily expenses. Amid such furore, this gesture by Modi’s mother has been well-received by many.

After receiving a new note of Rs 2,000, she also displayed it in front of the media persons, who virtually mobbed her as they sought her reaction. Soon after, both the news and photo went viral on social media, and Netizens have been profusely praising Hiraba for supporting her son’s initiative and setting an example.

 

There are some, though, who have called it a publicity stunt.

 

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    Roko
    Nov 15, 2016 at 8:37 pm
    That's the spirit, a Mother of India indeed with true Nationalism. Hard to find, one alike in south bloc-Delhi.
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      devashish patwardhan
      Nov 16, 2016 at 1:47 pm
      This is the first time we have a PM who really is making efforts to improve the mess made by everybody. Why are we even wondering if this is right or wrong? A few weeks of inconvenience is no reason to criticise this move. I have been following all of this and I really believe that this is a wonderful step. Also, why shame on Modi? He isn't sitting at home like Rahul hi right? Modi is out there working for all of us. Instead of criticising, open your minds and just read about the wonderful things that the government has done in the past two years. Look around and think with an open mind.
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        Francis
        Nov 15, 2016 at 1:39 pm
        Shame on PM Modi. He couldn't stand in queue instead send his 95yr old mother. Shame on PM Modi.
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          Joshy John
          Nov 15, 2016 at 8:34 pm
          Yesterday One of BJP's spokesman state that, "Mr. Rahul hi show a dirty drama in Delhi by taking queue and receive money." What we call this? Just observe, two of women support PM Modi's mother to take in queue (with security man)... why don't that women can take queue themselves and hand over money to PM Modi's mother. This show off is not fair at this situation, The BJP member criticized Mr. Rahul hi's action as a drama, we call this as epic drama.
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            Krishna
            Nov 15, 2016 at 12:11 pm
            Please dont trouble your elderly mother for your sake..grow up
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              shangambaba
              Nov 16, 2016 at 3:17 am
              Salutations to this great mother.... we are proud of you for giving a gem of a prime minister and also for your spirited act of withdrawing your money in a queue....salutations again....
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