PM to inaugurate women sarpanchs’ conclave in Gujarat

RSTV Bureau

After completing a hectic campaign in Varanasi, his Lok Sabha constituency in Uttar Pradesh, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will arrive in home state Gujarat for a two-day visit on Tuesday.

On Tuesday, Prime Minister is scheduled to visit the historical Somnath temple near Veraval in Gujarat where he will offer a special ‘puja’ at the temple.

This will be Modi’s first visit to the temple after becoming prime minister in May 2014.

File photo of Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses an election campaign rally in Bahraich district on 23 February 2017.

File photo of Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses an election campaign rally in Bahraich district on 23 February 2017.

Modi’ present visit is considered politically significant as this is an election year and the party has received some serious setback in its socio-political-economic base in the state where he was the chief minister for over 13 years before becoming prime minister.

The state has seen separate agitations by upper caste Patels and the Dalit community, uproar in assembly. During the same time, Chief minister Anandiben Patel who was handpicked by Modi, also had to resign due to age-related issues.

Modi is expected to arrive at Surat airport and proceed to Dahej for the inauguration of a petrochemical complex set up by ONGC Petro Additions Ltd, a joint venture company set up by Oil and Natural Gas Corp. Ltd (ONGC), a state government official said.

PM will also attend a dinner organized at chief minister Vijay Rupani’s residence, where state ministers and BJP lawmakers will be present.

On Wednesday he will address around 6,000 women sarpanchs from across the country on the occasion of International Women’s Day.