PM Narendra Modi’s mother Hiraben passes away at 100

A bulletin from the UN Mehta Institute of Cardiology and Research Centre, where she was admitted on Wednesday said Hiraben has passed away.

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PM Modi had reached Ahmedabad from Delhi on Wednesday afternoon and visited the hospital to meet his mother. (File photo: PTI)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s mother Hiraben Modi, also fondly known as Hiraba, passed away at the age of 100 at a hospital in Ahmedabad on Friday.

She was admitted to the UN Mehta Institute of Cardiology and Research Centre on Wednesday, and PM Modi had reached Ahmedabad from Delhi and visited the hospital to meet his ailing mother. He was at the hospital for more than an hour and spoke to the doctors at the government-funded autonomous medical facility.

Announcing her demise, a medical bulletin from the hospital said, “Hiraben Modi passed away on 30/12/2022 at 3.30 am during the treatment at U N Mehta Heart Hospital”, the medical bulletin said.

On Friday morning, PM Modi arrived at the airport in Ahmedabad and reached the residence of his brother Pankaj Modi at Raysan village on the outskirts of Gandhinagar, where the mortal remains of their mother were kept. Hiraba, lived at Raysan village near Gandhinagar city with PM Modi’s younger brother Pankaj Modi. The PM, during his visit to the state, often met his mother and sought her blessings.

In fond tributes to his mother, PM Modi said that he always felt in her the presence of a trinity combining an “ascetic’s journey, a selfless doer and a life committed to values”.

“A glorious century rests at God’s feet,” Modi said in a tweet. He recalled that when he met his mother on her 100th birthday, she had told him: “work with wisdom and live with purity”.

Tributes poured in for PM Modi’s mother following her demise. Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge and former party chief Rahul Gandhi on Friday condoled the death. “The news of the demise of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s mother Heeraba is very sad. In this difficult time, I express my deepest condolences and affection to him and his family members,” Rahul Gandhi said in a tweet in Hindi.

Meanwhile, a host of development programmes, scheduled to be attended in West Bengal by PM Modi on Friday will be held as per plan, and he may participate via video-conferencing, officials said, as reported by PTI.

Development projects worth over Rs 7,800 crore are scheduled to be launched by the prime minister in West Bengal, and a Vande Bharat Express connecting Howrah and New Jalpaiguri is also planned to be flagged off.

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First published on: 30-12-2022 at 07:09 IST
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