Modi holds roadshow in poll-bound Gujarat after BJP's election wins
Prime Minister Narendra Modi held a massive roadshow in Gujarat on Friday, a day after the Bharatiya Janata Party returned to power in the assembly elections in four of five polling states: Uttar Pradesh, Manipur, Uttarakhand, and Goa. Modi waved to people as he rode in an open car adorned with floral garlands from the airport to Kamalam—the BJP's state head office in Gandhinagar.
Why does this story matter?
- Narendra Modi is expected to sound the party's bugle for Gujarat's upcoming assembly elections, which are expected to take place in December.
- Gujarat is a BJP stronghold; the saffron party has ruled the state since 1995.
- Modi, too, served as the state CM for four consecutive terms, from October 2001 to May 2014, when he resigned after being elected PM for the first time.
How was the roadshow?
At the roadshow, slogans such as "Jai Shree Ram" and "Bharat Mata Ki Jai' were chanted. Huge crowds gathered on both sides of the road to greet Modi. Gujarat CM Bhupendra Patel and state BJP chief CR Patil were seen in the vehicle flanking Modi. Modi had announced his departure for Gujarat on Twitter as left proceeded for his two-day visit till Saturday.
You can view Modi's tweet here
Schedule for PM Modi's Gujarat visit
Modi will address an event of over one lakh elected representatives of panchayat bodies during his two-day visit to Gujarat on March 11 and March 12. He will also kickstart the 'Khel Mahakumbh' sporting event at a stadium in Ahmedabad, as well as address the first convocation of Rashtriya Raksha University, which is located at Lavad in Gandhinagar district.