PM Modi in UP: Allahabad High Court like a pilgrimage site for our judiciary

The prime minister will later head to Jammu and Kashmir where he will inaugurate Asia's longest tunnel.

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.

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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.

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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)

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