Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday night arrived in Ahmedabad where he was welcomed and felicitated by top leaders of BJP in Gujarat. Modi is in the state to attend the events being held to mark his 67th birthday Saturday.
The felicitation event was organised inside the complex of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport. Around 2,000 BJP supporters reached the airport amid tight security to catch a glimpse of the Prime Minister.
“On September 16, 2014, I had got an opportunity to meet you all on this ground. Today, again I am fortunate to see all old friends. You have come in such a large number, blessed me and wished me, and for this I thank you all from my heart,” said Modi concluding his address and raised slogan ‘Bharat Mata ki jai’ thrice.
He was welcomed by all top Gujarat BJP leaders, including Chief Minister Vijay Rupani and his predecessor Anandiben Patel. As part of protocol, Modi will stay at Raj Bhavan where he is expected to hold meetings with Rupani and other senior BJP leaders.
On Saturday morning, Modi’s schedule is reserved for personal meetings. He is expected to visit his mother Hiraba, who stays with his younger brother Pankaj in Gandhinagar, to seek her blessings on birthday. Subsequently, Modi will fly to Limkheda in Dahod district where he will address a rally at Arts College ground near Hasteshwar Mahadev temple.
He will be greeted by a 67-foot tall cutout of him, commissioned by the local party unit to mark his birthday. The party has also prepared a list of 67 programmes to mark his birthday. According to BJP leaders in Vadodara, the frame for holding the cutout has been commissioned to a Vadodara-based agency that has transported the structure to Dahod.
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“We have asked the company to ensure that the structure is strong and able to withstand wind in the open ground,” a leader said. While some members of the local BJP unit have begun a 67-hour long Mahamrutyunjay recitation at Hasteshwar Mahadev temple, other party workers are overseeing a simultaneous 67-hour long recitation of Hanuman Chalisa. The recital began in the presence of MoS and Dahod MP Jaswantsinh Bhabhor at Monibaba Ashram on Thursday.
State police authorities have turned Limkheda into a fortress owing to the PM’s visit. Around 3,600 policemen have been deployed in Limkheda for the bandobast. After Limkheda, the PM is scheduled to visit Navsari where he will attend a public function to distribute various kits to over 11,000 disabled persons.
Meanwhile, Gujarat Governor O P Kohli extended his wishes to Modi on his birthday. BJP national president Amit Shah appealed party workers to celebrate the day as ‘Sewa Divas’ and said he will be part of a Swachhata Abhiyan in Telangana.