PM Narendra Modi and Japanese PM Shinzo Abe on Monday held an 8 KM long roadshow in Gujarat’s Ahmedabad. Modi and Abe’s road show was indeed an eyeball grabber due to a number of reasons. The roadshow saw Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe change his black colour suit to a simple Kurta Pyjama and Nehru jacket. Along with that, Abe’s wife too opted for an Indian salwar-kameez-chunni set. But what caught many eye balls was the car the two leaders opted for. Not any high-end cars, Modi and Abe opted for the humble Maruti Suzuki Gypsy, even as a swanky cavalcade, consisting of a number of luxury cars, followed the Gypsy. Earlier, PM Modi broke protocol to receive the Japanese PM at the airport. Another thing which caught people’s eye was Japanese securitymen running alongside the Gypsy during the roadshow.
Apart from the road show, another highlight of Abe’s visit will come when he will attend the ground breaking (bhoomi poojan) ceremony of the Mumbai-Ahmedabad high-speed railway, also known as bullet train project, a flagship programme of the India-Japan collaboration.
The two head of nations are scheduled to hold talks for the 12th India-Japan annual Summit. This is the 11th meeting between Abe and Modi, the fourth one for the annual meet. The last meeting between the two leaders came during sidelines of the G20 Summit at Hamburg in July, PTI reports.
“The two leaders will review the recent progress in the multifaceted cooperation between India and Japan under the framework of their special strategic and global partnership and will set its future direction,” MEA was quoted as saying in a statement.