'Vadnagar Taught Me To Drink Poison,' Says PM Modi In Hometown

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today made his first visit to his hometown Vadnagar in Gujarat since taking over the top job in the country. "Coming back to one's hometown and receiving such a warm welcome is special," he said.

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'Vadnagar Taught Me To Drink Poison,' Says PM Modi In Hometown

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PM Narendra Modi held a roadshow in Gujarat's Vadnagar on way to open a multi-specialty hospital

Vadnagar, Gujarat: 

Highlights

  1. PM Modi visits Vadnagar for the first time since becoming PM
  2. Inaugurates Rs 400 crore multi-speciality hospital, addressed a rally
  3. PM on third visit in a month to Gujarat where elections are due this year
Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said Gujarat's Vadnagar and its presiding deity, Lord Shiva, had taught him to "drink and digest poison". The emotive words were part of his address to his hometown, where he spent his formative years and returned today for the first time since he became the Prime Minister.

"I started my journey from Vadnagar and now I have reached Kashi (his Lok Sabha constituency Varanasi). Just like Vadnagar, Kashi is also the town of Bhole Baba (Lord Shiva)," the Prime Minister said.  The blessings of Lord Shiva, he said, gave him "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," he said.

"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," added PM Modi after inaugurating a multi-specialty hospital and an immunization programme at the end of a colourful roadshow.
 
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PM Modi visited his school in his hometown Vadnagar in Gujarat

The city, barely 100 km from Ahmedabad, has been preparing for weeks for this visit. Hoardings and buntings lined the roads and the kiosk at the local railway station, where, as a boy, the Prime Minister helped his father and uncle sell tea, was festooned with flowers.   

On the way to the hospital, PM Modi made an impromptu visit to the school he had attended. Leaving behind his security men, he got off the black SUV, and walked to the entrance. As before his entry to Parliament after the election victory in 2014, he knelt at the threshold and bowed before entering the school grounds.


Later in the day, he addressed a public gathering in Bharuch, a key town in South Gujarat, after he flagged off the Antyodaya Express that will run between Udhna in Gujarat and Jaynagar in Bihar.

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The stall in Gujarat's Vadnagar where PM Narendra Modi, as a child, used to help his father and uncle sell tea

PM Modi had been the Chief Minister of Gujarat for 13 years before leading the BJP to a victory in the 2014 general elections. This was his third visit in less than a month to the poll-bound state. Party chief Amit Shah has set the BJP a target of 150 of the state's 182 seats in the assembly elections that are slated for the end of this year.

The two-day visit comes after the GST (Goods and Services Tax) Council carried out major changes in the new tax regime. The council has reduced the monthly tax payment for small businesses to once every quarter. It has also slashed taxes on 27 items including khakra, a hugely popular Gujarati snack.
"Diwali has come early," the Prime Minister had declared, pointing to the GST changes. The government said the steps are a reflection of its continuous efforts to safeguard citizens' interest.

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