Modi reaches Gujarat ahead of birthday

Ahmedabad, Sep 16 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived here on Friday evening to a warm welcome on a two-day visit on the occasion of his 66th birthday on Saturday.

Modi, who flew down by an Indian Air Force aircraft, was received at the Ahmedabad airport by Governor O.P. Kohli, Chief Minister Vijay Rupani, all state ministers and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders.

Scores of BJP volunteers and people thronged the airport to cheer him.

Modi thanked everyone from a podium at a brief function and recalled the September 16 evening of last year when he had similarly landed here for his birthday.

The Prime Minister will make a night halt at the Raj Bhawan in Gandhinagar and seek the blessings of his mother Hira Ba on his birthday on Saturday.

After that, he will fly to the tribal district of Limkheda to inaugurate water and irrigation schemes worth over Rs 1,700 crore.

Modi will also address a public rally at Limkheda before leaving for Navsari in south Gujarat where he will address Samajik Adhikarita Shibir (workshop) for disabled children.

The Prime Minister would leave for Surat on his way to New Delhi on Saturday evening.

–IANS

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