Prime Minister Narendra Modi today received a rousing reception. He will have a packed schedule tomorrow with the inauguration of a series of projects.
Modi is slated to inaugurate Kiran Multi Super Speciality Hospital and Research Centre, built by a private trust, in the city tomorrow morning.
He would then go to Hira Bourse SEZ at Icchapur in the district to inaugurate a diamond polishing unit of Hari Krishna Export Private Limited.
From there, the Prime Minister will go to Bajipuravillage in Tapi district to inaugurate a cattle feed plant andice-cream plant of Sumul Dairy, and Lay Foundation Stone for dairy products plant at Nava Pardi.
He will also address a large gathering there. The state BJP unit claims that more than four lakh persons, including three lakh women from tribal-dominated areas, would attend the gathering.
Modi will then visit Silvassa town in the Union Territory of Dadra and Nagar Haveli, where he will address a gathering apart from inaugurating a few projects.
From there, he will head to Botad in Saurashtra to inaugurate phase-1 of Sauni project for Botad and surrounding districts as well as to lay foundation stone for the phase-2.
In August last year, Modi inaugurated the first phase of ambitious Saurashtra Narmada Avtaran Irrigation (Sauni) Project from Jamnagar.
Under this project, which is divided in four phases, the Gujarat government plans to fill 115 dams of Saurashtra region with overflowing water of Sardar Sarovar Dam across river Narmada through a web of pipeline network.
This is Modi’s second visit to his home state this year. He had Visited Gandhi Nagar on March 8 to address women sarpanchs from across the country on International Women’s Day.
Today the 11 kilometre long road show turned out to be a mega outreach for Modi in the election year as the BJP has decided to project him as its face during the state assembly polls, slated later this year.
Modi began his two-day Gujarat visit with the road show after arriving this evening. This is his first visit to the city after becoming the Prime Minister in 2014.
People, waving the tricolour and chanting “Bharat Mata Ki Jai”, stood along his route as Modi greeted them, standing through the sunroof of his vehicle.
Upon his arrival at the Surat airport, he was greeted by Chief Minister Vijay Rupani and other state leaders before Modi started on 11-km-long journey to the Government Circuit House in At hwalines area where he would stay for the night.
The state BJP left no stone unturned to accord a grand welcome to Modi, as this is his first visit to his home state after the party’s impressive showing in the state assembly polls, including Uttar Pradesh.
Surat has a sizable population of the Patel community and had witnessed a large-scale violence during the quota agitation in 2015.
The Prime Minister was welcomed by various community organisations, youth and women at ‘Swagat Points’ set up every200 metres.
An 11-km-long ‘saree’, with the names of government schemes printed on it, was tied along the route.
Modi’s convoy was led by 50,000 young men and women on25,000 bikes. A 22-feet-high cut out of Modi stood near the airport where people could take selfies.
Along the route, sand sculptures on some of the themes of the Modi government like “Save Girl Child”, “Girl ChildEducation”, “Digital India”, were also put up.
This is Modi’s second visit to his home state this year. Earlier, on March 8, he had visited Gandhi nagar to address the women sarpanchs from across the country on the International Women’s Day.
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