Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday night arrived in Ahmedabad where he was welcomed and felicitated by top BJP leaders, including Chief Minister Vijay Rupani and his predecessor Anandiben Patel, in Gujarat. Modi is in the state to attend events being held to mark his 67th birthday Saturday.
Around 2,000 BJP supporters reached the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport to catch a glimpse of the PM.
“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,” Modi told the gathering.
On Saturday morning, Modi’s schedule is reserved for personal meetings. He is expected to visit his mother Hirabai, who stays with his younger brother Pankaj in Gandhinagar, to seek her blessings. Later, he will fly to Limkheda in Dahod to address a rally at Arts College ground near Hasteshwar Mahadev temple. He will be greeted by a 67-foot tall cutout of himself, commissioned by the local party unit, which has also prepared a list of 67 programmes to mark his birthday.
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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.
Police have turned Limkheda into a fortress owing to the PM’s visit. Around 3,600 policemen have been deployed in Limkheda for the bandobast.