Modi holds roadshow on first visit to his birthplace Vadnagar

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 09 Oct 2017 08:24:05




Modi said that he has managed to serve the nation with the blessings of Lord Shiva since 2001 despite some
people “spewing venom” at him during these years


ON his first visit to his birthplace since occupying the top post, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday held a roadshow and visited his school here and said the town had taught him to “drink poison”.
At the B N High School where he studied, he smeared sand from the premises on his forehead.

Modi, who once sold tea at the Vadnagar railway station, recalled his journey to Delhi from Gujarat where he was the Chief Minister for 13 years from 2001.
He said he has managed to serve the nation with the blessings of Lord Shiva since 2001 despite some people “spewing venom” at him during these years.
He was apparently referring to the attacks on him during his tenure as Gujarat Chief Minister after the riots of 2002 in the State.

“Vadnagar has taught me to drink poison,” he said, while noting that his birthplace is the land of Shiva, like Kashi (Varanasi), his Lok Sabha constituency.
Modi was addressing a public meeting after inaugurating a newly-built medical college and launching an immunization programme here.

“I started my journey from Vadnagar and now I have reached Kashi. Just like Vadnagar, Kashi is also the town of Bhole Baba. Bhole Baba’s blessings gave me immense strength, and this strength is the biggest gift I have received from this land,” he said.

“The blessings of Bhole Baba (Lord Shiva) gave me the strength to drink and digest poison. Due to this ability, I was able to counter all those who spewed venom against me since 2001. This ability gave me the strength to serve the motherland with dedication over these many years,” he said.

The Prime Minister did his schooling in Vadnagar, an ancient town which was once home to a Buddhist monastery and has a centuries-old Shiva temple.
On the second day of his visit to poll-bound Gujarat, Modi held a roadshow here. A large number of people lined the road to greet him. There were chants of “Modi-Modi” and flowers were showered on him along the route.
Before inaugurating a newly-built medical college in the town, he visited the Hatkeshwar Mahadev temple where he performed puja alongwith Chief Minister Vijay Rupani.

“I am touched by the immense love showered by the people of Vadnagar today. It gave me new energy to serve the nation with more zeal,” Modi said, addressing a public gathering after the roadshow. “I saw many faces among the people who came to greet me. Those faces brought back many memories of my childhood,” he said. The locals told mediapersons it was a matter of great pride that the “son of the soil” was the Prime Minister and was visiting the town after a long time. “Whatever I am today is due to values I have learnt on this soil, among you all in Vadnagar,” he added addressing a public meeting here. Modi launched the “Intensified Mission Indradhanush” to accelerate progress towards the goal of full immunization coverage.

“I am happy that I have got to inaugurate projects relating to the health sector, particularly Intensified Mission Indradhanush,” said Modi.
“Work is constantly being done to make healthcare affordable for the poor.”

PM lays foundation stone for Bhadbhut barrage project: PRIME Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday laid the foundation stone for the Rs 4,337 crore Bhadbhut Barrage project here which aims to stop the ingress of salinity along the Narmada river. Modi, on the second day of his two-day visit to poll-bound Gujarat, also flagged off a new train between Udhna in Surat and Jaynagar in Bihar.

The Prime Minister also inaugurated various neem-related projects of the Gujarat Narmada Valley Fertilisers Company Limited (GNFC), and said the idea of 100 per cent neem-coated urea, conceived by his Government, has stopped its pilferage and helped in addressing the problem of urea shortage faced by farmers. Addressing a public meeting, Modi said the barrage project will solve the issue of drinking water for Bharuch, and also open up new channels for fisheries.

“Thousands of bighas of land has turned infertile due to salinity of sea water, which (the land) has to be revived. We also have to provide drinking water to people. Thanks to the Gujarat Government for this project. I am confident it will be completed in three years,” he said.
“Coming together of river and ocean is good for fisheries. The barrage will be made using scientific methods, to stop saline water, improve drinking water and make two channels for fisheries,” Modi said.