The younger brother of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Prahlad Modi on Sunday has asked his community to prefix “Modi” to their names.
“After coming here I am only hearing one thing, Narendra Modi is pride of India and of his community. But why we, the members of Teli Samaj (oil-makers’ community) are not ready to prefix Modi to our names,” Prahlad said in Bhopal at an all-India meet of young men and women of the ‘Sahu’ community.
Leaders of his community, for their selfish motives, use names of sub-castes such as Sahu, Chauhan, Parmar, Rathod and Jaiswal, he said. Goddess Karma Devi was a Teli and “we are her children and we are Teli and Modis,” he added.
“We should resolve today that henceforth our name would begin with Modi,” Prahlad said, adding “if we start with prefix Modi, I believe that our community’s population will add upto 14 crore” (across India). He also said the community was a divided lot due to groupism and because of the political parties which fooled them. He called for unity of the community.
The Patidar and Rajput communities too have sub-castes but their identity as Patidar and Rajput is intact, Prahlad said.
(With inputs from PTI)