Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s 97-year-old mother Hiraben today visited a bank in Gujarat’s Gandhinagar to exchange her currency notes.
‘Leading by example‘. ‘Exemplary’. This is how some on Twitter and in media described the move even as we wondered what the real point of the visit was. Was it meant to be a message to those who have been standing in lines and complaining?
Whether Hiraben visited the bank simply out of curiosity or genuine need is not known. But critics came down hard on Modi calling the move a political gimmick, criticising the prime minister for “pushing” her aged mother into doing this.
‘Photo-op’. ‘Using mother as political prop’. Here’s how Modi’s rivals and critics panned the move
Aam Aadmi Party chief and Delhi CM tweeted:
मोदीजी ने राजनीति के लिए माँ को लाइन में लगा ठीक नहीं किया। कभी लाइन में लगना हो तो मैं ख़ुद लाइन में लगूँगा, माँ को लाइन में नहीं लगाउँगा pic.twitter.com/wEO1TYATO7— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) November 15, 2016
Congress spokesperson Sanjay Jha launched a scathing attack:
We grew up with different values and respect for elders. No family/friend would have ever pushed his mother to stand in a queue. #Shameless— Sanjay Jha (@JhaSanjay) November 15, 2016
Some other users also questioned Modi over his mother’s visit:
Modi: mother, things are going badly, we need to wheel you outMother: but my arthritis!?Modi: soldiers are dying at the border!!— Vinay Aravind (@vinayaravind) November 15, 2016
Modi sending his 94 y/o mother out to queue is cruelty, not sacrifice. Note it was Rahul who queued, he didn’t ask Sonia to do it for him.— Nehr-who? (@threeinchfooll) November 15, 2016