This Article is From May 19, 2014

Look Where He is Now, says Narendra Modi's Proud Sister

Look Where He is Now, says Narendra Modi's Proud Sister

Narendra Modi's sister Vasantiben Hasmukhlal Modi poses with a photograph of her brother at her home in Unjha, some 130 kms from Ahmedabad on May 15, 2014.

Unjha, Gujarat: As she savoured the prospect of her brother Narendra becoming India's prime minister, Vasantiben Modi chortled at the idea that he would soon be calling the shots over Delhi's traditional elite.

"They can't believe it, can't believe that someone from such a simple background could beat them," Vasantiben told AFP from her modest two-storey home, close to the town in Gujarat where the siblings grew up.

Mr Modi's BJP and its allies won a landslide victory over the Congress party that has ruled India for all but 13 years of its history as an independent nation.

Congress's election frontman was Rahul Gandhi, the latest in a bloodline which has already provided three of India's prime ministers.

In his campaign, Mr Modi repeatedly reminded voters of his humble past as a tea-seller, contrasting it to the Rahul Gandhi's upbringing in the privileged areas of the capital.

"We had never imagined that he would lead the entire country one day. He left the house and the family one fine day and years and years later, look where he is now," said his sister, who lives in the town of Unjha.