Why Narendra Modi's family skipped his swearing-in ceremony
While the family of India's new Prime Minister is proud that he has taken oath, they decided to skip the high-profile event since they didn't 'want to hog attention', and instead followed the action on television
Ahmedabad: Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s family is proud that he has taken oath, they said. “I am extremely happy that Narendrabhai is becoming PM.
Modi's mother Hiraba and family members watch her son's swearing-in ceremony in Gandhinagar
It’s a matter of pride for all family members. We could have gone there to attend the swearing-in ceremony. But we famliy members didn’t want to divert his attention. Thus, we have decided to watch the ceremony on television,” Modi’s younger brother Prahlad Modi, who lives in Ahmedabad, said.
“Another reason we didn’t go is because we don’t want anyone to raise fingers at Modi claiming that he favoured his family,” Prahlad said. Similarly, Modi’s elder brother Somabhai Modi and his family also stayed back. “We just want to make sure that no trouble should be caused to him due to us. We don’t want to give anyone a chance to allege that Modi believes in nepotism. So we haven’t gone to Delhi for the ceremony,” Somabhai said.
Modi’s mother Hiraba, who lives in Gandhinagar with another one of his younger brothers, Pankaj, also stayed back and witnessed the gala event on television. Sitting in a small room with her family members, the 92-year-old watched live coverage of the event. She seemed unperturbed by scores of cameramen and reporters who had crowded the room to seek her reaction.