Prime Minister Narendra Modi is likely to be camping in his home state for at least three days in January 2015, with new events added to his itinerary apart from the Pravasi Bhartiya Divas (PBD) and Vibrant Gujarat Global Investors Summit (VGGIS) 2015. Sources told this paper that though the schedule was not yet final, January 8, 11-12 were the days Modi was likely to be staying in Gandhinagar. On January 12, which happens to be Swami Vivekananda’s birth anniversary, Modi is likely to visit Somnath. Besides, a defence event in Porbandar is also being scheduled on the same day.
A makeshift PMO is being readied in Gandhinagar to co-ordinate for the high-profile visit, especially with the UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon and state heads likely to visit during the PBD and VGGIS. Ban Ki-moon is arriving in Gujarat on January 10 and will attend the VGGIS inauguration the following day. Modi will be presiding over the international business summit and the cultural events. The themes of both the Pravasi Divas and the Vibrant Summit are focused on promoting the state and India as promising investment destinations.
Both events are to be held at the Mahatma Mandir in Gandhinagar.
Barring some last-minutes changes, Modi will be arriving in Ahmedabad on the evening of January 7 and attend an event, part of PBD, at Kankaria Lake. Next day, on January 8, he will be attending PBD’s session on investment opportunities in India. On January 9, President Pranab Mukherjee will preside over the valedictory function of the PBD. On January 11, Modi will inaugurate the seventh edition of the VGGIS, a biennial investment summit that he started as CM in 2003. On the same day, he will also be attending Global CEOs meet, before leaving for Saurashtra. The Gujarat government officials maintained that Modi will be, as per protocol, staying at Raj Bhavan.