Prime Minister Narendra Modi commenced his two-day visit to Gujarat on Friday. This pre-scheduled visit of Modi to his home State comes a day after the BJP won the assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Goa and Manipur on Thursday.
He will address the Gujarat Panchayat Mahasammelan today by 4 PM. Gujarat has a three-tier Panchayati Raj structure, with 33 district panchayats, 248 taluka panchayats and over 14,500-gram panchayats. ‘Gujarat Panchayat Mahasammelan: Aapnu Gaam, Aapnu Gaurav’ will witness the participation of more than 1 lakh representatives from the three tiers of the Panchayati Raj institutions in the State.
PM Modi tweeted that he will be leaving for Gujarat to attend various programmes and will address a Panchayat Mahasammelan, where several representatives from Panchayati Raj institutions will attend.
On Saturday, as the chief guest, Modi will deliver the first convocation address at Rashtriya Raksha University (RRU) by 11 AM. Then around 6:30 PM, Modi will inaugurate the 11th Khel Mahakumbh and deliver an address on the occasion. Started in 2010 in Gujarat under the leadership of the then Chief Minister Narendra Modi, with 16 sports and 13 lakh participants, Khel Mahakumbh today encompasses 36 general sports and 26 para-sports. Over 45 lakh sportspersons have registered for the 11th Khel Mahakumbh.
Khel Mahakumbh has revolutionised the sports ecosystem in Gujarat. With no age bar, it witnesses the participation of people from across the State who compete in various events over a period of one month. It is a unique confluence of traditional sports like kabaddi, kho-kho, tug of war, yogasana, mallakhamb and modern sports like artistic skating, tennis and fencing.
Notably, Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh’s (RSS) annual three-day Akhil Bharatiya Pratinidhi Sabha, which will deliberate on various issues including the expansion of the organisation, also began in Ahmedabad on Friday.
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