Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a recent interview said that his mother did not understand what his job was when he became Gujarat’s chief minister, but she made him promise that he would never take a bribe.
PM Modi said that for his mother, becoming Gujarat’s chief minister was a bigger milestone than becoming the country’s prime minister.
“I was living in Delhi when I found out. Before taking the oath, I went straight to see her in Ahmedabad, where she lives with my brother,” PM Modi recalled in an interview to Humans of Bombay.
Celebrations were on when PM Modi reached Ahmedabad, he said. Heeraben Modi had already found out that her son was going to the chief minister of her state.
“I don’t think she knew what the post was about…my mother just looked at me, hugged me and said, ‘The best thing is that you will be back in Gujarat now’…,” PM Modi said.
PM Modi said that his mother told him not to take bribes and those words had an impact on him.
“She [PM Modi’s mother] said, ‘Dekh bhai, I don’t understand what you do, but promise me you will never take a bribe — don’t ever commit that sin’,” PM Modi said.