16/05/2016 3:03 PM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:26 AM IST

Mahatma Gandhi's Grandson Calls Himself A 'Modi Bhakt'

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Mahatma Gandhi's grandson Kanubhai Gandhi on Sunday said that he has been a 'bhakt' of Prime Minister Narendra Modi for a long time.

Kanubhai who recently moved to an old age home in Delhi spoke to PM Modi over the phone and said that he had a very “pleasant discussion”. Culture Minister Mahesh Sharma had personally gone to visit him there, and had connected him with the Prime Minister.

'Bhakt', a Hindi word which literally means 'worshipper' — is a tongue-in-cheek term used in social media to describe the adoring and sometimes extreme followers of PM Modi.

"I am a very old follower of the Prime Minister, and he still remembers the help I had extended to him. Those days Congress president Sonia Gandhi was against [both of] us," Kanubhai told ANI.

After the conversation, PM directed the authorities to ensure that he and his wife have a comfortable stay in their new home.

Currently staying at the Guru Vishram Vridh Ashram at Gautampuri in South Delhi, Kanubhai expresses regret at not being able to help others, like his grandfather did. "I am sad that I have to rely on the government's help," he said in an interview.

Kanubhai is the eldest son of Mahatma Gandhi's third son Ramdas.

Kanubhai left India at the age of 17 and studied at the prestigious Massachusetts Institute of Technology and later worked at NASA's Langley Research Centre. His wife holds a doctorate in biochemistry.

After over four decades of stay in the United States, Kanubhai (87) and his wife Dr Shiva Lakshmi Gandhi (85) returned to India in 2014 and spent about a year-and-a-half in various ashrams in Gujarat before checking into the one in Delhi on 8 May.

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