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The only woman in India to see her son become PM

Saturday, 17 May 2014 - 6:55am IST | Place: Gandhinagar | Agency: DNA

As the BJP marches to a certain majority in the Lok Sabha poll, the party's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi on Friday sought his mother's blessings, and said: "Good days are coming."

In tune with the huge importance given to the online campaign by the BJP and Modi himself, a special page called 'Victory Wall' was created to wish the victorious leader on his official website.

"I look forward to receiving your good wishes on the specially created 'Victory Wall'," Modi said in a tweet.

The Gujarat chief minister, whose party is leading the results with an unprecedented margin, called it a victory of the nation. "India has won! Good days are coming," Modi tweeted.

Wearing a beige-coloured kurta and a golden brown Nehru jacket, the BJP leader met his mother Hiraben and sought her blessings.

With the media in attendance, both of them hugged each other and then Hiraben pulled her son by his kurta and gave him some motherly advice. Modi beamed as his mother, to whom he was very close, talked animatedly. He later posted an autographed photo of himself and his mother.

"Sought blessings from my mother," Modi said in a tweet, after the Lok Sabha election results showed his party was headed for a comfortable majority. "My blessings are with him," Hiraben told reporters.

Modi also posted a video, calling it a 'Vijay Geet', and saying "Achhe din aane wale hain (Good days are coming)."

Interestingly, Hiraben, Modi's 95-year-old mother, will be the only woman in India so far who has lived to see her child become prime minister.

None of the prime minister's from Jawaharlal Nehru to Lal Bahadur Shastri to Atal Bihari Vajpayee had their parents alive when they were elected.

This is so perhaps because none of India's prime ministers, so far, were born in independent India, they were simply too old. Modi (64) is the first prime minister to be born in independent Indian in 1950. While the youngest PM late Rajiv Gandhi had lost his mother, Congress stalwart Indira Gandhi, when he was elected to India's top job. It is no secret that it has been the long-cherished dream of another Congress leader to see her son become prime minister but for now it is Hiraben's turn, Ms Gandhi will have to wait, for a long time it seems.


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