A tweet on Kiran Bedi’s Twitter handle shows a video of, according to Bedi, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s mother Hiraben Modi dancing in her house on Diwali night and it has taken the internet by storm on Diwali. The video was posted on micro-blogging site Twitter by Kiran Bedi, Lieutenant Governor of Puducherry. Kiran tweeted, “Spirit of Deepavali at tender age of 97. She’s mother of @narendramodi (Hiraben Modi -1920) celebrating Diwali at her own home.” Kiren Bedi has also tagged Sadguru Jaggi Vasudev in the tweet. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is currently in Dehradun visiting Kedarnath temple on the occasion of Govardhan Puja.

In the video, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s mother Hiraben Modi can be seen dancing on a Gujarati song in her house. She is 97 years old but can be seen as an exemplary example of self reliance and simplicity. Hiraben Modi earlier made headlines when after the introduction of demonetisation by PM Modi on November 8, 2016. Hiraben Modi was seen standing in a queue to get the new Rs 2000 note from a bank in Gujarat and get the old demonetised notes replaced.

On Diwali this year, PM Modi spent Diwali with soldiers in this idyllic valley of Jammu and Kashmir, telling them how he gets energised by spending time with the Armed Forces which he called “my family”. PM Modi was dressed like soldiers in military combat outfit. During the visit to the military base, PM Modi said, “I came here to be with you because you are my family. When I shake hands with you, you may think it is a formality. But it is not a formality for me. I get new energy.”

In the visitors’ book, Modi wrote: “Protecting the Motherland, far from your loved ones, displaying the highest traditions of sacrifice, all soldiers at the nation’s borders, are symbols of bravery and dedication.

“I have an opportunity to spend the festival of Diwali with you. The presence of brave soldiers at the border, on this festive occasion, lights the lamp of hope, and generates new energy among crores of Indians.”

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday visited the Himalayan shrine of Kedarnath ahead of its closure for the next six months. This is his second visit to the shrine this year. The priests at the Lord Shiva shrine and the locals welcomed the Prime Minister. The temple was decked up with yellow flowers. The Prime Minister sat in the sanctum sanctorum, offered prayers and performed the Rudrabhishek, a day after Diwali.

(With inputs from agencies)