Amruta Fadnavis’s “New India” Title For PM Narendra Modi

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'Two Fathers of the Nation...': Amruta Fadnavis's 'New India' Title For PM

Amruta Fadnavis, a banker and singer, was interviewed in a mock court style in Nagpur.

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Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis’s wife Amruta Fadnavis termed PM Narendra Modi “Father of the Nation”, but then tweaked it a bit to also cover Mahatma Gandhi, who is usually given that honorific.

During an interview on stage at an event organised by a writers’ association in Nagpur this week, she was asked what Mahatma Gandhi would be as she called PM Modi “rashtra-pita”.

“Mahatma Gandhi is the Father of the Nation and Modi-ji is the Father of New India. There are two Fathers of the Nation — one from this era, one from that era,” she said, speaking in Marathi,

This is not the first time she’s used the analogy for Narendra Modi.

In a message for the PM in 2019, she had tweeted: “Wishing the Father of our Country Narendra Modi ji a very Happy Birthday — who inspires us to work relentlessly towards the betterment of the society.” 

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Often in the news for her social media posts and public statements, Amruta Fadnavis had earlier this year taken a dig at the then Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray in the middle of a Shiv Sena mutiny that led to his unseating. 

“Ek ‘Tha’ Kapati Raja… (Once there was a wicked king),” she wrote in a tweet that she later deleted. Her reference to a “king” and the quotation marks she used around ‘Tha’ (‘was’) were seen as a reference to Mr Thackeray.

Her husband became the deputy when Sena mutiny leader Eknath Shinde became Chief Minister.

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