Jashodaben Modi, wife of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on Saturday, exhorted community leaders to come forward and impart education to girls to facilitate a ‘holistic development’ of the society.
Jasodhaben, who made a brief stopover here on way to Begusarai in north Bihar, was interacting with members of Bihar Rajya Tailik-Sahu Sabha here. The Sabha had organised a programme to felicitate her on her arrival from Gujarat.
In a short speech, tinged with a typical Gujarati accent, Jashodaben, who was on her maiden visit to Bihar, said she wished girls from the community (Teli-Sahu) came forward and did their bit for development of the society. She also hailed Bihar and its people.
She also called upon the people to follow the ideals of Bhama Shah, a 16th century general, minister and a close aide of the then Mewar ruler Maharana Pratap. She was on her way to attend a birth anniversary function of Bhama Shah.
Jashodaben’s brother, Praveen Chandra Modi alias Ashok Modi, who is accompanying her on the Bihar visit, described his sister as an embodiment of sacrifice and austerity. He said,”PM Modi is serving the nation and the people are with him”.
Earlier, a host of leaders of the Sabha welcomed Jashodaben on her arrival and offered her bouquets of flowers and shawls to felicitate her.
Vice presidents of the sabha, Sunil Kumar and Dharmendra Sahu, said she would inaugurate a state-level programme to mark the birth anniversary of Bhama Shah at Begusarai and unveil his statue there. On her way back, she would attend a programme of the Sabha in Patna on April 24.
A couple of days ago, Jashodaben had visited temples at Mathura in UP and offered her prayers there. Last week, she was in Telangana to inaugurate a statue of Baba Saheb Bhim Rao Ambedkar and offered prayers at a local Naag temple there.