Prime Minister Narendra Modi turns 64, meets mother to seek blessings

On his birthday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi met his mother in Gandhinagar to seek her blessings and received calls from his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe and President Pranab Mukherjee to wish him.

Modi, who turned 64, went to Gandhinagar, 23km from Ahmedabad, alone in a normal vehicle without any security to meet his mother Heeraben on his first birthday as Prime Minister, sources said.

On the occasion, she donated Rs 5,000 for the Prime Minister's Relief Fund for Jammu & Kashmir, they said.

Modi also received a call from Abe who wished him on his birthday, in a reflection of the special bonding the two prime ministers enjoy.

Modi visited Japan only a fortnight back and the warmth between the two leaders was on display during that time.

President Mukherjee called up Modi to wish him. Vice-president Hamid Ansari also wished him.

Modi, every year on his birthday, has been seeking blessings of his mother. This is his first visit to the home state after becoming the Prime Minister almost four months ago.

Modi is in Gujarat to welcome Chinese President Xi Jinping who will be arriving here on Wednesday afternoon.


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