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Prime Minister Narendra Modi's mother greets media in Gandhinagar

Gandhinagar: With the first few hours of the counting of votes indicating a sweep for the Bharatiya Janata Party-led (BJP) National Demo...

Gandhinagar: With the first few hours of the counting of votes indicating a sweep for the Bharatiya Janata Party-led (BJP) National Democratic Alliance (NDA), preparations have already begun at the saffron party's offices across India. Amidst the frenzy, Prime Minister Narendra Modi's mother Heeraben Modi greeted the media outside her residence in Gandhinagar, Gujarat, earlier today.
During a rally in Kurukshetra district of Haryana earlier this month, Prime Minister Narendra Modi claimed that the opposition parties did not even spare his mother from the heat of the election campaign. Aiming his guns at Congress leaders, the PM said that one politician from the grand old party even abused his mother and asked him about the identity of his father.

The PM's mother, lovingly known as Hiraba by family members cast her vote at a booth in Gandhinagar on April 23, the third phase of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. Aged 95, she was accompanied by her younger son Pankaj Modi and lives with the family at their home in Raisin village, about 10 kilometers from Gandhinagar city. On the same day, the Prime Minister had visited his mother before casting his own vote and she gave him a shawl, sweets and a coconut as a blessing for the election results.

In the state which is considered as the PM's bastion, BJP has gained a comfortable lead on all 26 seats despite stiff opposition by the Indian National Congress (INC) and its allies. Party president Amit Shah has also surged ahead of Congress' Chavda Chatursinh Javanji. Shah's contender is the former president of the Gujarat Pradesh Congress Committee and has represented the Gandhinagar North seat twice as a Member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA). Candidates fielded by the saffron party in other states such as Karnataka are also leading on a large number of seats.