As the Gujarat assembly polls nears, the election campaigns of both Bhartiya Janata Party and Congress have gained momentum. Prime Minister Narendra Modi started his two-day tour to Gujarat by visiting Dwarkadhish temple on Saturday.
Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi had also visited Dwarkadhish temple in the recent past.
PM Modi is expected to lay foundation stones of many projects during his visit to Gujarat. He is also scheduled to visit his birth place Vadnagar.
It will be PM Modi’s third visit to the state in a month’s time. PM Modi along with Japan PM Shinzo Abe had laid foundation stone of Bullet Train on September 14.
PM Modi had also visited Gujarat on his birthday on September 17. He inaugurated Sardar Sarovar Dam and also addressed a rally.
Here are the updates from the PM Modi’s Gujarat tour:
# We made aviation affordable & within reach of the lesser privileged: PM Narendra Modi in Rajkot
# There was no aviation policy post independence. We made those policies & took responsibility to connect smallest of places by air: PM Modi
# Once, setting up hand-pumps used to be govt's achievement. Today there's a govt which has supplied Narmada's water to villages: PM Modi
# PM Narendra Modi addresses a public meeting in Gujarat's Rajkot
# An institute for this (marine security) will be set up in Dwarka. It will draw people and experts from all over India: PM
# Marine policing is a sector we are looking at very closely. We are modernising marine security apparatus: PM Modi in Dwarka
# Common citizen of India wants fruits of development to reach him/her. Noone wants their children to live in poverty. We want to help our people: PM
# Had already stated earlier that we would look into GST for 3 months and make changes, mend loopholes as per the experience: PM in Dwarka
# When Madhavsinh Solanki ws CM, I recall front page ad for water tank inauguration by him. This is how narrow their development conception was: PM
# To make life of our fishermen better we have to empower them, govt will give them loans on less interest so they can buy bigger boats: PM
# We are taking steps to ensure greater income for our farmers: PM Modi in Gujarat's Dwarka
# Building of infrastructure should enhance economic activities and add to the atmosphere of development: PM in Dwarka
# Today's Dwarka has been changed, says PM Modi
# We have given priority to development, says PM Modi
# Connectivity is required to promote tourism: PM Modi
# Bet Dwarka has huge for tourism: PM Modi
# Brij is medium to connect cultural chain, says PM Modi
# I thank people of Dwarka, says PM Modi
# PM Modi inaugurates a bridge between Okha and Bet Dwarka
Dwarka, Gujarat: PM Modi lays foundation stone for a bridge between Okha and Bet Dwarka. pic.twitter.com/dOvLgTjGhe— ANI (@ANI) October 7, 2017
# PM welcomed at the foundation stone laying ceremony of a bridge between Okha and Bet Dwarka; Union Min Nitin Gadkari also present.
Gujarat: PM welcomed at the foundation stone laying ceremony of a bridge between Okha and Bet Dwarka; Union Min Nitin Gadkari also present. pic.twitter.com/cszsIB6AKQ— ANI (@ANI) October 7, 2017
# PM Narendra Modi at Dwarkadhish Temple in Dwarka; will lay foundation stone of bridge between Okha & Bet Dwarka, later.
Gujarat: PM Narendra Modi at Dwarkadhish Temple in Dwarka; will lay foundation stone of bridge between Okha & Bet Dwarka, later. pic.twitter.com/AezIRP7lFf— ANI (@ANI) October 7, 2017
# PM Narendra Modi offers prayers at Dwarkadhish Temple in Gujarat's Dwarka; CM Vijay Rupani also present.
PM Narendra Modi offers prayers at Dwarkadhish Temple in Gujarat's Dwarka; CM Vijay Rupani also present. pic.twitter.com/Wi9Fclo317— ANI (@ANI) October 7, 2017
# PM Narendra Modi offers prayers at Dwarkadhish Temple in Dwarka.
Gujarat: PM Narendra Modi offers prayers at Dwarkadhish Temple in Dwarka. pic.twitter.com/mq1cJNGl0d— ANI (@ANI) October 7, 2017
# PM Narendra Modi arrives in Dwarka. He will visit Dwarkadhish Temple later.
Gujarat: PM Narendra Modi arrives in Dwarka. He will visit Dwarkadhish Temple later. pic.twitter.com/XAoxGPQRaP— ANI (@ANI) October 7, 2017
# Gujarat: PM Narendra Modi arrives in Jamnagar for his 2-days visit to the state.
Gujarat: PM Narendra Modi arrives in Jamnagar for his 2-days visit to the state pic.twitter.com/qIpKOxi3fJ— ANI (@ANI) October 7, 2017
At Dwarka, Modi will lay the foundation stone for four-lane cable stayed signature bridge between Okha and Beyt Dwarka to be built at a cost of Rs 962.42 crore.
Other projects for which foundation stone will be laid include four-laning of 116.24 kms of Porbandar-Dwarka section of NH-51 and four-laning of 93.56 km of Gadu-Porbandar section of NH-51.
He will also address a public meeting there.
From Dwarka, the prime minister will go to Hirasar in
Rajkot district where he will lay foundation stone for a greenfield airport, 20 kms from Rajkot city.
He will also lay foundation stone in Chotila for six-laning of 201-km Ahmedabad-Rajkot section of NH-47 at a cost of Rs 2,893 crore.
He will also dedicate a fully automatic milk processing and packaging plant and a drinking water distribution pipeline for Joravarnagar and Ratanpur area of Surendranagar, a PMO statement said in Delhi.
He will address a public meeting there too.
Modi will then proceed to Gandhinagar where he will dedicate the newly-constructed building of IIT Gandhinagar, and launch the Pradhan Mantri Gramin Digital Saksharta Abhiyan (PMGDISHA).
PMGDISHA is aimed at imparting digital literacy to citizens in rural areas, the PMO said, adding it will provide access to information, knowledge, education, and healthcare.
It will create avenues for livelihood generation and financial inclusion through digital payments, the statement said.
On Sunday morning, he will visit Vadnagar, his birthplace in Mehasana district where he grew up.
He will then inaugurate a medical college and hospital having total bed capacity of 650.
He will also launch the Intensified Mission Indradhanush, to accelerate progress towards the goal of full immunization coverage.
The mission will provide greater focus on urban areas and other pockets of low immunization coverage, the statement said.
The prime minister will also distribute e-tablets to health workers to mark the launch of ImTeCHO (Innovative mobile-phone Technology for Community Health Operations).
ImTeCHO is aimed at improving the performance of community health workers ASHAs (Accredited Social Health Activists) through better supervision, support and motivation for increasing coverage of proven maternal, newborn and child health interventions among resource-poor settings in India.
The same afternoon, the prime minister will reach Bharuch and lay the foundation stone for Bhadbhut Barrage, to be built over the Narmada River, the statement said.
He will flag off the Antyodaya Express between Udhna (Surat, Gujarat), and Jaynagar (Bihar).
Modi will also unveil plaques to mark the laying of foundation stone, and inauguration of various plants of Gujarat Narmada Fertilizer Corporation.
He will also address a public meeting there before returning to Delhi.
Modi was in Gujarat on September 17 to inaugurate the the Sardar Sarovar Dam on Narmada river.
With PTI inputs