Prime Minister Narendra Modi is set to celebrate his 66th birthday in his home town Gujarat on September 17. Modi is scheduled to begin the day with the blessings of his mother, Hiraba and is expected to meet the family members of his niece, Nikunjben Modi, who died on Septemeber 6 at the age of 41 due to heart ailment.
Modi’s day-long visit will also include a trip to Limkheda in Dahod and Navsari. In Dahod, he will address a rally to announce welfare schemes for tribals. Following which, he will lay the foundation stone for two water projects. While one irrigation project is connected to the Kadana dam that is expected to make water available to farmers in the region. The other project is the linking of the Hateshwar Dam in Kawant taluka of Chhota Udepur district to resolve the drinking water crisis in the region. He will also distribute aids and appliances to 8700 physically beneficiaries in Navsari.
The district administration of Navsari have been asked to gather the differently-abled so that PM Modi can interact with them. If sources are to be believed, the administration is aiming to create a world record of the maximum number of specially-abled at a single gathering to mark PM Modi’s birthday.
Meanwhile, top BJP leaders believe that his visit to tribal areas reflects the party’s attempts to “reconnect” with the people. Talking about which, a senior party leader in a conversation with The Indian Express said, “The state government has dealt with the challenge of the Patidars and now the Dalits. We know that the tribal leaders are actively planning a revolt ahead of the Assembly polls next year. This revolt is also backed by certain vested interests who want to thwart the rise of the BJP in the state. PM Modi has been taking a keen interest in the changing dynamics of the state-level politics as 2017 is an important year. We will get to see more of him in the state in the days to come and he will personally look into the problems faced by the communities here.”
The Indian Express reports that PM Modi will also address a massive rally at the Hateshwar Mahadev ground near the Limkheda Art College on that day. According to officials who held a meeting with Dahod Collector K L Padhaliya, the district administration is still awaiting the exact itinerary from the PMO, but Modi is expected to arrive by noon and head to Navsari for the second half of the day.