PM Narendra Modi rushes through his road show on a rainy evening in Rajkot

Driving in a sunroof Land Rover car brought from Delhi, Modi whizzed passed the huge gathering waving to the huge crowd on either side of the road. Youths who had their mobile camera on to click a photo of the PM were disappointed as the motorcade drove past at much speed and the cameras could not catch images.

Written by Gopal Kateshiya | Rajkot | Published:June 29, 2017 10:32 pm
Narendra Modi, Modi Rajkot roadshow, Modi in Gujarat, BJP Prime Minister Narendra Modi waves at supporters during a road show in Rajkot, Gujarat on Thursday. (PTI Photo)

Intermittent rain and waterlogged stretches of roads apparently forced Prime Minister Narendra Modi to speed through his road show in the city on Thursday evening.

The PM was on a brief visit to the city on Thursday evening to distribute aid among Divyangs, launch first phase of link-III of Saurashtra Narmada Avataran Irrigation (SAUNI) Yojana by formally welcoming Narmada water into Aji-I dam and to lead a 9-km long road show from Aji dam to airport in the city. However, it had been raining in the city since morning and city fire brigade control-room said that by evening, 33 mm rainfall had been recorded. Race Course ground, the venue of the aid distribution event and many stretches of roads on which the PM was to hold his road show were waterlogged.

It was drizzling when the PM embarked on his road show from Aji dam at around 7:30 pm after dedicating to public the phase-I of SAUNI project and subsequently addressing a public meeting at the dam site. Maldharis or cattle herders at Chunarawad chowk on Bhavnagar road had been performing dandia raas for about an hour before PM was to drive by. Many people even jumped on the stage to get a gimps of Modi as it drizzled, making to road wet.

Driving in a sunroof Land Rover car brought from Delhi, Modi whizzed passed the huge gathering waving to the huge crowd on either side of the road. Youths who had their mobile camera on to click a photo of the PM were disappointed as the motorcade drove past at much speed and the cameras could not catch images.

A huge crowd had gathered at Civil Hospital Chowk. But there also, the PM sped past, waving to the roaring crowd. On Race Course too, thousands had swarmed to wave to Modi but the motorcade kept on moving at much higher speed than the PM’s road show in Surat. In April this year, Modi had taken around three hour to cover around 11-km route of his road show from Surat airport to circuit house. But here, he wound up the show within an hour as per scheduled. Dozens of organisations had set up stages along the route to welcome Modi but the PM hardly stopped at any of those junctions.

“On some stretches, the speed was little high whereas on others he slowed down to acknowledge cheering people. It was slightly drizzling also. But everything went as it was planned. The road who got over in around an hour,” Rajkot city police commissioner Anupam Singh Gehlot told The Indian Express.

The commissioner said that no untoward incident had been recorded from anywhere during the road show. Despite the rain, the road show route was illuminated and people waited for couple of hours to watch Modi drive on the city roads.

Many rods were barricaded for ensuring hassle-free passage for Modi road show for hours. Vehicles were not allowed to cross the road show corridors since around 3 pm, around four hours before the show was to begin. After the road show got over and PM flew back to Ahmedabad, the barricades were removed. However, there were brief traffic jams at Civil Hospital and on Race Course after the road show got over.

It was from Rajkot that Modi fought his maiden election to become chief minister of Gujarat in 2001. Before the PM started his road show, 10,000 BJP workers took out a bike rally along the road show route wearing T-shirts and helmets with Modi imprints.

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    Hindusthani
    Jun 30, 2017 at 2:48 am
    Mr.Modi the India's PM should rewind his first speech in (Madras) CHENNAI during his election campagn for M P election to become PM ? Mr.MODI announced to Tamilnadu people that he promised to connect and divert all rivers of India to South India for cultivation and draught state as Tamilnadu needed very urgent Water! ! ! ! Since three years in power Mr.MODI nothing did to Tamilnadu and now he is interested to manipulate hydro Carban (GAZ DE Shiet) to his rich multimilliarders Gujarathis friends like Mukesh AMBANI (Relaiance) and the Adhani Groups to explore the sheet Gaz in Tamilnadu to kill the all farmers and GRAB the farmers lands in Tamilnadu ! ! ! Tamilnadu will never support the suicides of the farmers and Mr.Modi is killing the farmers and the farmers lands as well due to HYDRO CARBAN PROJECT which whole Tamilnadu people against Mr.MODI naive idea ! ! ! If Mr.Modi need these exploration let him do in GUJARAT or in VARANASI as well ? Next MP election BJP will disappear in TN.
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      Syed Asif
      Jun 30, 2017 at 2:07 am
      Stuntman Shaktiman Showman Bluffman Even ManmoMan Was better than him
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        Ankit
        Jun 29, 2017 at 11:22 pm
        Wasting public money in fooling public. Who wastes so much sum to inaugurate a dam in any country? This roadshow business to win Modi Modi chants before state elections and making people waot for 4/5/6 hours is total sham. Such useless events disturb public life, transport, emergencies and all this just for bringing a river water ti a dam? Which country does this?
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          ams
          Jun 29, 2017 at 10:56 pm
          Arre bahi eee konsa roadshow.. Abhi laute hain NRI PM foreign tour se.. thoda relax bhi karo ji
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            Balasubramanya
            Jun 29, 2017 at 10:42 pm
            Modi is Modi no body can beat him.
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              ladu
              Jun 30, 2017 at 12:17 am
              except if he eats beef in Jharkhand or in a train in Haryana,. then all bets are off
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