“Coming back to one’s hometown and receiving such a warm welcome is special. Whatever I am today is due to the values I have learnt on this soil, among you all in Vadnagar,” the Prime Minister tweeted.
On his first visit to his hometown as Prime Minister, Narendra Modi on October 8 said the immense love showered by people of Vadnagar has given him a new energy to serve the nation with more zeal. On the second day of his visit to poll-bound Gujarat, Mr. Modi held a roadshow at Vadnagar, his birthplace, in Mehsana district where a large number of people queued up along the route to greet him. The entire city was decorated to accord him a grand welcome. Mr. Modi was visiting his birthplace for the first time after becoming Prime Minister in 2014.
“I am happy that I have got to inaugurate projects relating to the health sector, particularly Intensified Mission Indra Dhanush,” Mr. Modi said. “We brought prices of stents down. Work is constantly being done to make healthcare affordable for the poor.”
After meeting with the students of a medical college, Mr. Modi said, “We as a society require more doctors who can serve people.”
“I am touched by the immense love showered by the people of Vadnagar today. It gave me new energy to serve the nation with more zeal,” Mr. Modi said addressing a public gathering after the roadshow. He said he had managed to serve the nation with the help of blessings of Lord Shiva since 2001 despite some people “spewing venom” at him over these years.
“The blessings of Bhole Baba (Lord Shiva) gave me the strength to drink and digest poison. Due to this ability, I was able to counter all those who spewed venom against me since 2001. This ability gave me the strength to serve the motherland with dedication over these many years,” he said. “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,” he said.