Prime Minister Narendra Modi's family is proud that he has taken oath, one of his family members said here today.
"I am extremely happy that Narendrabhai is becoming India's PM. It's a matter of joy and pride for all family members. We could have gone there to attend the swearing-in ceremony. However, we famliy members didn't want to divert his attention. Thus, we have decided to watch the ceremony on television," Prime Minister Modi's younger brother Prahlad Modi, who lives in Ahmedabad, told reporters here today.
"Another reason we didn't go, is because we don't want anyone to raise fingers at Modi claiming that he favoured his family. Thus, none of us went to attend the ceremony," Prahlad said.
Similarly, Narendra 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 (family members). We don't want to give a chance to anyone to allege that Modi believes in nepotism. Thus, we haven't gone to Delhi to attend the ceremony," Somabhai said.
Narendra 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.
Meanwhile, BJP workers organised several events across Gujarat to welcome Modi as PM after his swearing-in ceremony.
A fireworks display was organised at 6.30 pm at Naranpura crossroads and Vyas Wadi area here, which are both places under the Naranpura assembly seat, held by Modi's right hand, Amit Shah.
Similarly, the BJP Yuva Morcha also asked his workers to celebrate the day by distributing sweets and organise small rallies across Gujarat.
A letter sent to Yuva Morcha workers also suggested that Modi's swearing-in should be shown to the people by putting up LCD monitors at public places.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi's mother Hiraben could not control her tears while his wife expressed happiness as they watched on TV the swearing-in ceremony today, unable to attend the event at Rashtrapati Bhavan.
Due to her age and health reasons, Hiraba couldn't not travel to Delhi and watched the live telecast on television at her younger son Pankaj Modi's house in Gandhinagar along with Pankaj's family and many other relatives.
As soon as Modi came on the stage, they clapped and chanted Modi's trademark dialogue 'Bharat Mata ki Jai' and 'Vande Mataram'. As Modi read out his oath, Hiraba's and Pankaj's eyes were full of tears.
Hiraba seemed unperturbed by scores of cameramen and reporters who had crowded the room to seek her reaction. Later, the family members gave sweets to each other and lit fire crackers near their house.
In Mehsana, Modi's wife Jashodaben too watched the live telecast on television and expressed happiness that her husband is now the Prime Minister of India.
Modi's hometown of Vadnagar in Mehsana too erupted in joy, as celebrations began as soon as the ceremony got over. Locals danced and people came out of their house to light fire crackers, as their 'son of the soil' took oath as prime minister. Similar celebrations took place in various parts of Gujarat.
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