Prime Minister Narendra Modi, is on a two-day visit to Gujarat where Assembly polls are due in the next few months, will launch Mission LiFE in Kevadia today, besides participating in the 10th Heads of Missions Conference. The Prime Minister will also lay the foundation stone of multiple development initiatives worth over Rs 1970 crores in Vyara, Tapi.
On Wednesday evening, PM Modi held a roadshow in Rajkot City before addressing a public gathering. His roadshow began from the airport and continued to the Race Course ground where he addressed people after launching projects worth Rs 7,000 crore. The PM, who stood on a specially designed vehicle with Gujarat Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel, waved at people on the 1.5km-long route. Officials reportedly stated that nearly 20,000 people gathered along the route to greet the Prime Minister, who reached there after addressing a rally in Junagadh.
At the Junagarh rally, the Prime Minister played an emotional pride card to attack political opponents, asking people to punish those who insulted them and the state. Addressing the rally at Junagadh town in Saurashtra region, He said “Some people believe in insulting Gujaratis… they wish to divide Gujaratis. Gujaratis have built industries and trade and given jobs to people from other states, such Gujaratis are being insulted, do we want to continue to tolerate such insults or do you think we need to teach them lessons? Let us teach them a lesson for the pride of Gujarat.”
He dedicated and inaugurated development projects worth Rs 4,155 crore for Junagadh, Porbandar, and Gir Somnath districts. PM Modi unveiled plans to convert Keshod airstrip into a full-fledged airport, telling the gathering that he has instructed Civil Aviation Department officers to work out the project.
According to him, once the airport is operational, fruits grown in the area can be exported, and tourists from across the country as well as foreign tourists planning to see Asiatic lions or visit Somnath temple will get connectivity.
Appreciating the coastal belt`s contribution to the country`s economy, Modi said, “In the last 20 years, aqua exports have increased 7 times. I have laid the foundation stone of three fishing harbours, which will boost the fishing sector.”
While launching Mission Schools of Excellence in Gandhinagar, IANS quoted PM Modi as saying “Because of the dilapidated state of the education sector in Gujarat 20 years ago, 20 out of 100 children would never go to school,” adding “Those students who did manage to get to school would drop out after 8th standard, but in the last 20 years, the education sector has witnessed growth and development… more than 1.25 lakh new classrooms were built in Gujarat, and more than 2 lakh teachers were recruited.”