Gandhinagar: On his first visit to his birthplace since occupying the top post, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday held a roadshow and visited his school here and said the town had taught him to “drink poison”.
At the B N High School where he studied, he smeared sand from the premises on his forehead. PM Modi was greeted by hundreds of people as his cavalcade of black SUVs made their way to a multi-specialty hospital, awaiting inauguration by him, in the little town barely 100 kilometres from Ahmedabad.
Leaving behind his security men, he got off the black SUV, and walked to the entrance of the school. As before his entry to parliament after the election victory in 2014, he knelt at the school’s threshold and bowed before entering the grounds. It was a matter of great pride that the “son of the soil” was the Prime Minister and was visiting the town after a long time, locals told reporters.
Vadnagar residents greet Prime Minister Narendra Modi as he arrives in his Gujarat hometown
“This visit will bring back several memories from my childhood,” PM Modi had tweeted yesterday.
It is the same town in east Gujarat where at a railway station PM Modi used to help his father sell tea when he was a child. The dilapidated tea kiosk has now been spruced up and decked up with flowers. The railway station, till a few months back, was just a small structure, but work on expanding it has started.
“I started my journey from Vadnagar and now I have reached Kashi (Varanasi). Just like Vadnagar, Kashi is also the town of Bhole Baba (Lord Shiva). Bhole Baba’s blessings gave me immense strength, and this strength is the biggest gift I have received from this land,” PM Modi said.
The town has been decorated with flags and posters of PM Modi. The hospital in Vadnagar that he is inaugurating is a Rs. 400-crore six-storey project, which is also the first-of-its-kind in this town.