Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in Gujarat on Friday evening on a two-day visit.
Modi was received at the airport by Governor O. P. Kohli and Chief Minister Vijay Rupani among others.
The BJP had made elaborate arrangements at the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Airport in Ahmedabad for Modi to address a large gathering. Modi, however, did not give a long speech, instead thanked the people for coming. He left for Raj Bhavan in Gandhinagar, where he would stay at night.
His two-day visit is considered important for the BJP that has been facing the ire of dalits, Patidars and the OBCs in the state.
Modi would celebrate his 66th birthday on September 17. He would begin his day by visiting his younger brother Pankaj Modi’s residence in Gandhinagar to seek blessings his mother Hiraba.
He would also a meet Rupani and senior party leaders. Modi is likely to discuss with them key strategies for the assembly polls in 2017.
Modi would inaugurate an irrigation scheme in Limkheda, the tribal belt of Dahod district. From there he would head to Navsari where aids would be distributed to 11,000 differently-abled people.
In Surat, a city-based bakery chain—Atul Bakery—in association with a voluntary organisation Shakti, is attempting to make an eight feet tall vegetarian cake. More than 20 chefs are at work to make the pyramid shape cake. The cake is to weigh over 2.5 tonnes. If successful, it may well get an entry in the Guinness Books of World Records.
The PM would leave for New Delhi from Surat.