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Brother says Modi has no time for his ‘fair’ demand

While Chief Minister Narendra Modi is fasting on a Sadbhavna Mission for unity,harmony and goodwill for all,one of his younger brothers,Prahlad Modi,

While Chief Minister Narendra Modi is fasting on a Sadbhavna Mission for unity,harmony and goodwill for all,one of his younger brothers,Prahlad Modi,has other pressing concerns ­- he wishes that the CM consid\ers the issues of fair price shop owners and grant them the status of government employees.

Prahlad,the president of Gujarat Fair Price Shop License Holder Association and the vice-president of its national chapter,however,said he would go to wish his brother on his 62nd birthday at the Gujarat University Convention Centre for his long age and good health.

“He is my elder brother and so,I would go along with my son Mehul and wish him on his birthday,” says Prahlad,who runs a fair-price shop in Odhav area and lives in a sprawling bungalow in Ahmedabad’s posh locality of Satellite area.

“But I also expect he looks at the issues of the marginalised ration shop owners of Gujarat and grant them the status of government employee,” he adds.

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According to Prahlad,the CM does not pay heed to their demands at all. “I have been writing to him on the issues of the fair price shop owners but he is not replying at all. It is his style that people would stop protesting after getting tired of making complaints,” says Prahlad. “And therefore,I wish he shows some Sadbhavna towards our issues,” he adds.

Prahald is fourth among the six Modi siblings – five brothers and a sister. The eldest brother Somabhai runs an old-age home in their native Vadnagar; the second among them is Amrut,living in Ghatlodia area of Ahmedabad,and Narendra Modi is the third. Two younger siblings are brother Pankaj Modi and sister Vasanti. While Pankaj works with the Information Department of Gujarat Government,Vasanti is married and lives in Visnagar of Mehsana district.

Prahlad says the siblings generally do not remain in touch with the CM as he has already devoted himself to public life. However,he seems proud of his CM brother.

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Asked about the allegations against the CM from different quarters on his Sadbhavna Mission,Prahlad says,“He is entirely devoted to the nation under the RSS ideology and is committed to the unity of the nation.”

First published on: 18-09-2011 at 03:32 IST
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