Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on Friday, paid tributes to former chief minister Keshubhai Patel and legendary Gujarati film personalities Mahesh and Naresh Kanodia and expressed his condolences to the bereaved families.
Modi, who arrived in Ahmedabad on a two-day tour of Gujarat in the morning, directly reached the residence of Patel in Gandhinagar. Pate led the first BJP government in Gujarat in 1995 and is known to have mentored a number of BJP leaders in the state, including Modi. Patel was also the chairman of Somnath Temple Trust.
Modi then visited the families of Kanodia brothers who are known as the legendary duo in the Gujarati film and music industry. Mahesh (83) died recently after prolonged illness following brain stroke around seven years back. Naresh (77), on the other hand, died while under treatment for Covid-19 at UN Mehta Hospital in Ahmedabad. Mahesh was a noted music personality in Gujarat whereas Naresh is known as the superstar of Gujarati film industry.
Both Mahesh and Naresh were associated with BJP; Mahesh was a former BJP MP and Naresh was a former MLA. Naresh’s son, Hitu, is the current BJP MLA from Idar constituency.
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