A day after sounding the poll bugle in Gujarat, Prime Minster Narendra Modi in inaugurated several projects in Surat and Dadra and Nagar Haveli on Monday, the second day of his visit to the state.
First, Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated a charitable hospital in Surat. The 400 crore rupee Multi Super Speciality Hospital and Research Centre is built by a “Not for profit” body – the Samast Patidar Aarogya Trust.
The Prime Minister indicated that the Government may bring in a legal framework under which doctors will have to prescribe generic medicines, that are cheaper than branded drugs, to patients.
PM Modi also inaugurated a fully automatic cattle feed plant and an ice-cream plant of Sumul Dairy at Bajipura village in Tapi district.
Later, in neighbouring Silvassa, the Prime Minister inaugurated a slew of government projects including Passport Seva Kendra and Jan Aushadhi Kendras.
While addressing a public meeting in Silvassa, the Prime Minister accused the previous Congress government at the Centre of not fulfilling its duties.
“Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh saw best progress in land rights to tribals. But the government of India and Congress leaders used to instigate the tribals that the Modi government (when he was the Chief Minister of Gujarat) was not giving land rights to tribals,” PM Modi told the gathering.
“They were in power for 10 years, but they had always put the states on the docks (for not giving land rights)… not even a single tribal in the Union Territory was given land rights,” he added.
PM Modi arrived in Surat on Sunday to a rousing reception leading an 11 km road show from the airport to the circuit house.
This is the Prime Minister’s second visit to Gujarat and the first to the Patidar community stronghold – Surat after he assumed office in 2014.
The Prime Minister’s visits assume significance as assembly elections in Gujarat is slated for later this year and the BJP could witness a fight from the Patidar community that is seeking reservation.
(With inputs from PTI)