Prime Minister Narendra Modi is on whirlwind 2-day tour of his home state Gujarat. After receiving a Bollywood-star like reception in Surat where he held a 11km-long roadshow on Sunday, PM Modi inaugurated a slew of projects along with a super-specialty hospital.
Prime Minister Modi preferred to speak in Hindi rather than his mother tongue Gujarati to address the people after inaugurating the 550-bed Kiran super-specialty hospital. The PM had his own reason to pick Hindi over Gujarati.
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- "While coming here, I was confused whether to speak in Gujarati or Hindi. But the massive work you've done... the country should know and see our work," PM Modi said while inaugurating the hospital which has been built by a trust owned mainly by Patidars, a community which has been at the loggerheads with the state government demanding reservation in jobs and education.
- "Our nation was neither built, nor can it be run by governments, kings and politicians, but only by the service and hard work of its people," he said.
- The Prime Minister also said that India always had a culture of service which started fading away after Independence. "Many dharamshalas (rest houses), wells, gaushalas (cow sheds) and libraries were built across the nation not by the government but by the people," the PM added.
- Prime Minister Narendra Modi also pointed out why some pharma companies were upset with him. "Many pharma companies are unhappy with my decision of cheaper stents, medicines," he said.
- Prime Minister Modi also inaugurated a part of Rs 12,000 crore irrigation project to bring Narmada river water in over 100 dams of the parched Saurashtra region of Gujarat.
- On Sunday, PM Modi received a grand welcome in Surat as thousands emerged during his 11km-long roadshow.
- Standing through the sunroof of his SUV, PM Modi waved to people chanting "Modi, Modi" and "Bharat Mata Ki Jai" all along the route during the roadshow which lasted over 2 hours.
- The PM's convoy was led by a group of 25,000 bikers. The rock-star like show also included 3D laser shows.
- This is Prime Minister Narendra Modi's eight visit in nine months to Gujarat, where Assembly elections are due later this year. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is seeking to form government in the state for the fifth straight term. However, the ruling party has had a tough time ever since Narendra Modi moved to Delhi. The party was forced to remove CM Anandiben Patel as she failed to control the Patidar protest.
- Prime Minister Narendra Modi will fly back to Delhi later in the evening today.
(With PTI inputs)