“PM Narendra Modi will join scheduled programmes in West Bengal via video conferencing,” the PMO tweeted, which was seen as a message to the party colleagues to carry on with their work.
The Modi family also made an appeal to the followers of the PM to continue with their pre-decided engagements and commitments as a “befitting tribute” to Heeraba.
It was the PM who broke the news about the passing away of his mother by a tweet at 6 am and at 9.30 am, he performed the last rites, organised like a commoner with no special arrangements in place as is often seen in cases of high profile families.
There were no VIP visits, no traffic jams during the funeral which was attended by by only family members and close relatives. None screamed any slogans and no land was earmarked for a ‘samadhi’ of the PM’s mother.
“We thank everyone for their prayers in these tough times. It is our humble request to everyone to keep the departed soul in their thoughts and continue with their pre-decided schedule and commitments. That would be a befitting tribute to Heeraba,” said a message circulated by the family to avoid any crowding at the funeral.
Later, the PM virtually flagged off the Vande Bharat Express, connecting Howrah to New Jalpaiguri. He also inaugurated the Joka-Taratala stretch of the Joka-Esplanade Metro Project (Purple Line) and dedicated four railway projects to the nation. Modi also laid the foundation stone for the redevelopment of New Jalpaiguri railway station.
Speaking on the occasion, West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee expressed her gratitude to the PM for attending the function even after the personal loss of his mother’s demise.