Prime Minister Narendra Modi met former Union minister Arun Shourie at a hospital in Pune on Sunday evening and spent nearly 15 minutes with the former BJP leader.
The PM spent some 45 minutes at the hospital before heading to the airport. Modi was in Pune to attend the conclusion of the three-day conference of IGs and DGPs. Shourie, 78, has been undergoing treatment after he fell on December 1 while out on a walk near his bungalow in Lavasa, some 60 kilometres from Pune.
In Pune, I met former Union Minister Arun Shourie Ji. Enquired about his health and had a wonderful interaction with him.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) December 8, 2019
We pray for his long and healthy life. pic.twitter.com/arjXSUoirf
Shourie, a minister in the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government between 1999-2004, had later became a vocal critic of the economic policies of the Modi government, leading to a parting of ways with the ruling dispensation. After the meeting Twitterati started praising PM Narendra Modi. One user said, "Salute to your class & character, Modi ji!!" Another user praised the prime minister for "raising the bar."
Salute to your class & character, Modi ji!! https://t.co/nQqYiDek5j— Priti Gandhi (@MrsGandhi) December 8, 2019
Very graceful gesture from PM @narendramodi. Mr Shourie has been very critical of PM and his govt, using intemperate language at times. But the PM raised the bar by visiting him in hospital and wishing him speedy recovery. ? https://t.co/f07IhkhK5A— Binoy Sharma (@BinoySharma6) December 8, 2019
Good gesture by PM Modi sitting on a plastic chair reflects his simplicity & this picture will hurt many of those who spread lies on Modi’s Image .— Amish Devgan (@AMISHDEVGAN) December 8, 2019
Pls note Arun Shourie is a same man who filed Rafale petition. https://t.co/TEmUc6SWNK
That's how a leader should be. Ideology and all the differences aside when it comes to be a human being we should respect and care for each other. https://t.co/XaEGZBtQWU— Krishna (@Atheist_Krishna) December 8, 2019
Shourie, 78, has been undergoing treatment at Ruby Hall Clinic since the last six days after he fell and suffered a head injury during a walk near his bungalow in Lavasa, some 60 kilometres from Pune. ormer Union minister Arun Shourie's health has improved and he will be discharged from the hospital in Pune in the next few days, a senior official said on Sunday night.
(Inputs from PTI)