Narendra Modi Celebrates Diwali With Troops of 15 Corps in J&K’s Gurez Sector Along LoC
New Delhi, Oct 19: Prime Minister Narendra Modi celebrated Diwali with the troops of 15 Corps in Gurez Sector along the Line of Control (LoC) in North Kashmir’s Bandipora district on Thursday. This is the second time that Modi is celebrating Diwali with troops in Kashmir after he became the PM. His first visit, on the occasion, to the region was in 2014.
Earlier in the day, the PM had greeted the nation on the occasion of the festival of lights through a photo message, signed by him, on Twitter.
“Greetings to the nation on the occasion of Diwali. #HappyDiwali to everyone!,” the PM had tweeted.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) October 19, 2017
In 2016, the Modi had met the jawans of the Indo Tibetan Border Police (ITBP), Indian Army and Dogra Scouts in Kinnaur district of Himachal Pradesh on Diwali. He had even launched a campaign named “Sandesh for Soldiers” to send Diwali greetings to those serving on India’s borders and prominent celebrities like film actors Aamir Khan and Akshay Kumar as well as several Union Ministers had participated in the campaign.
In 2015, the PM had celebrated Diwali with soldiers at the Dograi War Memorial in Khasa in Amritsar. “I have come to celebrate Diwali with you. I am happy to get this opportunity,” he had said while addressing the troops.
In 2014, Modi paid a surprise visit to Siachen to celebrate Diwali with soldiers posted at the world’s highest battlefield and hailed the role of the armed forces in securing the country. He also announced a Rs. 570 crore package for Jammu and Kashmir, which had been hit by the worst floods in 100 years the same year.
Meanwhile, the Prime Minister is also scheduled to visit the Kedarnath Shrine in Uttarakhand on October 20 where he is expected to inaugurate the temple protection wall which will block 2013-like floods from hitting the shrine, sources added. If the visit happens, it will be Modo’s second visit to the place in less than five months. PM Modi will also