Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is known to seek his mother Hiraba’s blessings on his birthdays, didn’t come home on Thursday. After assuming the PM’s office last year, Modi had sought blessings from his mother, Hiraba, 97, at his younger brother Pankaj’s residence in Gandhinagar and in the evening hosted Chinese Premier Xi Jinping. Incidentally, this year Modi commenced his official duties in the morning by visiting an exhibition commemorating 50 years of the 1965 Indo-Pak war in New Delhi.
His wife, Jashodaben Modi, 64, who stays in Unjha with her brother Ashok Modi, celebrated his birthday at her hometown of Brahmanwada and prayed to Goddess Bahucharaji — a popular Hindu deity revered in Mehsana in north Gujarat. Incidentally, Narendra Modi, who turned 65 on Thursday, has kickstarted most of his poll campaigns during his stint as the Gujarat CM from Bahucharaji.
“She always celebrates his birthday every year. This year she has kept ‘Anand No Garbo’ programme for almost 25 women of the Brahmanwada neighbourhood where we used to live earlier to revere goddess Bahucharaji between 4.30- 6.30 pm. She will distribute prasad at the end and also take part in the ritual of Garbo (folk dance). She usually holds this event on her birthday which falls on June 15,” Ashok Modi, brother of Jashodaben Modi, told The Indian Express.
Pankaj Modi, the youngest brother of the PM, and a former Gujarat government employee, who lives with Hiraba, could not be contacted. Somabhai Modi, the eldest brother of Narendra Modi, confirmed to The Indian Express over phone that the Indian PM had made no plans to visit Gujarat to meet his mother this year on his birthday. “I just prayed for his good health and long life. I did not wish him.
We are five brothers in the family and we don’t have any such occasion where we celebrate the birthday of one brother differently from the other. He may be the PM for the people of the country, but for us he is our brother. I do not know if he had plans to come to Gandhinagar like last year,” said Prahlad Modi, one of the younger brothers of Narendra Modi, who is the vice-president of the Association of Fair Price Shop Owners.