Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in Surat on Sunday on a two-day visit to Gujarat. He was welcomed by a unique road show where an 11-km saree list the BJP’s achievements. The road show began from the Surat airport and continued till the Circuit House where the Prime Minister will spend the night.
WATCH LIVE: PM Modi’s roadshow in Surat, Gujarat https://t.co/qNrBla3UYR
— ANI (@ANI_news) April 16, 2017
The saree covered the entire stretch of the road show depicting schemes launched by the Modi government. A convoy of motorcycle-borne girls accompanied Modi’s cavalcade. The Prime Minister will on Monday inaugurate a Rs 500 crore hospital made by philanthropic diamond industrialists of Surat.
The roadshow turned out to be a mega outreach for Modi in the election year as the BJP has decided to project him as its face during the state assembly polls, slated later this year. People, waving the tricolour and chanting “Bharat Mata Ki Jai”, stood along his route as Modi greeted them, standing through the sunroof of his vehicle. Upon his arrival at the Surat airport, he was greeted by Chief Minister Vijay Rupani and other state leaders.
— BJP (@BJP4India) April 16, 2017
Later in the day, he opened a diamond manufacturing unit of Hare Krishna Exports and an ice cream making unit of the Surat District Milk Producers Union (Sumul) Dairy cooperative in Tapi district. Expressing excitement over his visit, Modi tweeted: “My gratitude to all those who are participating in the various programmes. Visiting the vibrant city of Surat is a matter of great joy.”
— PMO India (@PMOIndia) April 16, 2017
Surat has a sizable population of the Patel community and had witnessed a large-scale violence during the quota agitation in 2015. The Prime Minister was welcomed by various community organisations, youth and women at ‘Swagat Points’ set up every 200 metres.
Modi’s convoy was led by 50,000 young men and women on 25,000 bikes. A 22-feet-high cutout of Modi stood near the airport where people could take selfies. Along the route, sand sculptures on some of the themes of the Modi government like “Save Girl Child”, “Girl Child Education”, “Digital India”, were also put up. (With PTI Inputs)