Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived Allahabad today morning to attend the closing ceremony of the Allahabad High Court's 150th year celebrations.
The prime minister's plane landed at the Bamrauli airport on the outskirts of the city at around 10 am where he was greeted by Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and Governor Ram Naik.
Chief Justice of India JS Khehar, Union law minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, several Supreme Court judges and chief justices of various high courts are at the Allahabad High Court event.
- I urge those involved with the start up sector to innovate on aspects where technology can help the judiciary: PM
- Technology is playing a big role in this century and I see technology having a big scope in the judiciary as well: PM
- Over 1200 obsolete laws have been scrapped by the Government since May 2014: PM
- Let us think about the India we want to create when we mark 75 years of freedom in 2022. Let every citizen prepare that roadmap: PM
- Gandhiji was special because he integrated everything he did, be it cleanliness or Khadi, with the freedom of India: PM
- Those associated with the legal profession played a vital role in the freedom struggle and protected our people against colonialism: PM
- The Allahabad HC is like a 'Tirtha Kshetra' for our judiciary: PM
- I am in the city that played a major role in the freedom movement, PM Modi says, adding that Allahabad should inspire Indians.
- We would not have won freedom if every Indian didn't dream of 'azaadi', Modi says.
- The government promises full support, Modi says, commenting on CJI Khehar's statements about the shortage of judges.
- Praises Dr. Radhakrishnan, the first vice president of India.
- Allahabad is the pilgrimage spot for law: Modi
This is Modi's first visit to the city after the Bharatiya Janata Party swept Uttar Pradesh in the recent Assembly polls. This is also the first time Yogi Adityanath and Modi will appear together since the former became the chief minister of the state.
The year-long sesquicentennial celebrations were inaugurated by President Pranab Mukherjee in March last year.
After the Allahabad event, Modi will head to Udhampur in Jammu and Kashmir where he will inaugurate the Chenani-Nashri Tunnel, which is Asia's longest bi-directional road tunnel.
Today morning, there was a short circuit followed by smoke billowing out of the carpet at the pandal set up for the event. The mishap took place around 30 minutes before Modi and Adityanath were to reach the event.
The short circuit created panic among those present with the hall going dark. Electricians were quickly called in and power was restored within minutes.
(With inputs from Shiv Pujan Jha)