Gujarat’s ‘development man’, PM Narendra Modi, visited his birthplace ‘Vadnagar’ on Sunday. On his two day visit to Gujarat, he inaugurated several developmental projects such as ‘Mission Indradhanush’ and flagged off Antyodaya express. However, several suspect a foul play as the address comes a short while before the upcoming Gujarat elections.
The euphoria and the energy was palpable as massive crowd chanted ‘Modi, Modi’, followed by a magnificent road show, which marked Narendra Modi’s first visit to Vadnagar, after he was elected as the Prime Minister of India. The nostalgic Prime Minister also visited his school*.
Overwhelmed by the hearty welcome, Narendra Modi said, “Whatever I am today, it is because of Vadnagar and its people.” He further added that, “I will work harder for the people of Gujarat. I will work on the ideals taught by the people of Vadnagar. I promise it.”
He also talked about his plans to make Sharmistha Lake in Vadnagar a major tourist spot.
On his visit to Vadnagar, Modi mainly focussed on improving health and medical sector. Criticising his rivals, the UPA government, he said, “The last health policy was announced during Atalji’s regime around 15 years back. After that such government assumed power which used to hate development. It did not have any empathy for the people. A new health policy was introduced by our government.” said Modi.(Source)
In order to combat child and maternal mortality rate, he asked the doctors to provide ‘free medical facilities on ninth day of every month’.
Innovative mobile-phone Technology for Community Health Operations (ImTeCHO) app was launched by PM Modi.
He also initiated ‘Mission Intensified Indradhanush’ to fulfil the goal of full immunisation in India. He said, “I am happy that I have got to inaugurate projects relating to the health sector, particularly Intensified Mission Indradhanush. Work is constantly being done to make healthcare affordable for the poor.”
‘India needs more doctors’ told PM Narendra Modi while interacting with students of GMERS Medical College in Vadnagar.
Later, in the afternoon in Bharuch, he laid the foundation of Bhadbhut barrage over River Narmada and flagged off Udhna-Jaynagar Antyyodaya Express.
On Antyodaya Express he said, “Workers come to Gujarat to work but then on holidays, they have to reach home. But there are so many difficulties, especially for those from UP, Bihar. So, we have launched the train. This is part of Deen Dayal Upadhayay’s dream of Antyodaya,” Modi said. “Antyodaya Express makes it easier for people from Uttar Pradesh and Bihar to go home for Chhath Puja.” He further added.
This visit to Gujarat indicated that Modi’s popularity in the region is unparalleled and therefore in the upcoming elections Congress will have to work hard to regain its lost support.