Home town Vadnagar basks in the glory of its famous son
condition. Where should I send it?” He said there was a possibility that Modi’s elder brother Somabhai might drop by on May 30 for a havan, and he would try to plead his case then.
As evening — and the time for the swearing-in — approached, the entire town headed for Lake Sharmishta. On the island in the lake, a huge LED screen had been put up to show the ceremony live. The Rs 5 entry fee to the lake had been waived.
Sunil Mehta, chief of the Vadnagar BJP, said 100 kg of boondi and peda would be distributed to people. On June 4, buses carrying satsangis from the local Swaminarayan temple would leave for Ayodhya, from where they would embark on a barefoot pilgrimage to pray for Modi.
19-year-old Ajay Prajapati, who studied in the only ITI in town, and his friend Pragnesh Limbachiye, who works in Ahmedabad, spoke with pride about Modi becoming PM. “It is only because of Modi that we have this complex on Sharmishta Lake… To invite the heads of our neighbouring countries for his inauguration was a great way to begin,” Prajapati said.
Sitting among the 2,000-odd people by the lake, Bela Modi, a close relative of the Prime Minister, flashed a ‘V’ sign. “V is for Victory, Vadodara, Varanasi, Vadnagar and Vadapradhan (PM),” she said.
As Modi appeared on the screen, there were loud cheers, along with dhols and nagadas. And as the ceremony came to a close, the crowd broke into an impromptu garba.