Chief Minister Narendra Modi skipped the public function to inaugurate the newly created Devbhoomi Dwarka district in Jam Khambhalia on Sunday. He is scheduled to attend two similar events elsewhere on Monday.
The state government had announced last year the creation of seven new districts,including Devbhoomi Dwarka by bifurcating Jamnagar. The government had appointed collectors for the seven districts on the eve of the Independence Day this year. Modi had formally inaugurated new districts on August 24 when he presided over a function in Morbi. This was followed by the inauguration of Aravalli district at its headquarters,Modasa,on August 25 and Chhota Udepur and Mahisagar on August 30.
However,Modi did not show up at Khambhalia on Thursday. In his absence,Education Minister Bhupendrasinh Chudasama was the chief guest of the function.
He was accompanied by Water Resources Minister Babu Bokhiria,who is also minister-in-charge of Jamnagar district,and Minister of State for Rural Development Jayanti Kavadia.
Initially,we had been told that the CM would attend the function. However,a few days later we learnt that he would not come, said a top official of the district. The CM had visited the district on August 2 and that might be the reason for his absence today, the officer added.
Modi had visited Nageshwar in Dwarka taluka,now part of the new district,on August 2 to inaugurate 64th Van Mahotsav. Modis no-show in Khambhalia is likely to make Devbhoomi Dwarka the only new district which wasnt inaugurated by the CM. He is scheduled to inaugurate Gir Somnath and Botad districts on Monday.
While inaugurating Devbhoomi Dwarka,Chudasama announced,The CM has given a special gift to the new district in the form of sanctioning a project to widen 57 km-long road from Khambhalia to Kuranga junction at a cost of Rs 57.50 crore.