Heeraben Modi: Indian PM Modi’s mother dies aged 99

(LANKAPUVATH | COLOMBO) – Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s mother Heeraben Modi has died at the age of 99.

She had been admitted to hospital in the western state of Gujarat, where she lived, after her health deteriorated.

“A glorious century rests at the feet of God,” Mr Modi tweeted. He was in West Bengal state to inaugurate some projects and has just reached Gujarat.

The Indian prime minister often visited his mother to seek her blessings on important occasions and festivals.

Her life and sacrifices had “shaped” his mind, personality and self-confidence, Mr Modi wrote on 18 June when Heeraben turned 99.

“My Mother is as simple as she is extraordinary. Just like all mothers,” he wrote.

They were last seen together in public on 4 December when Mr Modi visited her house during the assembly election in Gujarat, his home state.

Heeraben lived with Mr Modi’s younger brother and his family.

Several politicians and ministers have expressed sorrow over her death on social media.

Defence minister Rajnath Singh tweeted that he was “deeply pained” by the news.

“The death of a mother leaves such a void in one’s life that is impossible to fill,” he wrote.

M Venkaiah Naidu, former vice-president of India, also expressed his condolences.

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