A day after he urged Indians to bear with him in the fight against corruption, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s 95-year-old mother Heeraben arrived at a bank in Gujarat’s Gandhinagar to exchange banned currency notes.
In images that were seen to reinforce the prime minister’s appeal to citizens forced to stand in long queues at banks and ATMs, his mother arrived in a wheelchair at a private bank near her home.
She waited her turn and was assisted by relatives as she walked in to swap Rs. 4,500 in denominations of Rs. 500.
Heeraben later posed with a brand new Rs. 2,000 note handed to her. She was almost mobbed by reporters as soon as she stepped out.
Heeraben, also known as Hiraba, lives with her younger son Pankaj Modi. The PM last visited her on his birthday on September 17.
On Monday, PM Modi told a large gathering in Uttar Pradesh that he was aware of the difficulties faced by people, but they must be patient for 50 more days, for the larger good. “I am really pained by the inconvenience and that is why I am working tirelessly to help people overcome this situation,” he appealed.
To ease the crunch, the government yesterday increased the weekly cash withdrawal limit to Rs. 24,000 and said upto Rs. 4,500 worth of old notes can be swapped for new ones. At ATMs, people can withdraw upto Rs. 2,500 per card per day.
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