Gujarat BJP celebrated the Gujarati new year of ‘Vikram Samvat 2078’ with a massive event which was presided over by Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel himself and served up a lavish spread for the special attendees which included the who’s who of the state’s politicos, bureaucrats and media persons. The VVIP social gathering was organised at the Community Centre near the CM’s bungalow in Gandhinagar. The event began at 12.30 pm and ended at 2.30 pm.
On the occasion of ‘Snehmilan Samaroh’, Patel took centre stage and spoke of the tremendous responsibility he had been recently entrusted with, “I’m given an important responsibility, I hope I live up to the expectations. I wish everyone a very happy new year,” he said joyfully and proceeded to greet all his guests – from bureaucrats, cabinet ministers to media persons – personally. He went to each table and warmly interacted with everyone as they enjoyed lip-smacking food that was a mix of continental and Indian cuisine.
Some of the crowd favourites were the dal halwa, undhiyo, Waldorf salad, the out-of-the-world khow suey soup and the lilva kachori. The hummus and tahini combo had the guests coming for seconds and thirds.
Among the high-profile guests included Chief secretary of Gujarat Pankaj Kumar, senior bureaucrat Kuniyil Kailashnathan (KK as he is known), IAS officers Avantika Singh and Pankaj Joshi.
Gujarat cabinet ministers Harsh Sanghavi, Jitu Vaghani, Purnesh Modi, Devabhai Malam, Rajendra Trivedi, Manisha Vakil, Nimisha Suthar and other ministers were also present.
The Gujarat BJP unit had earlier announced that it planned to hold such get-togethers across the state between November 10 and 21 on the occasion of Gujarat’s new year. The functions will be attended by CM Patel, party president CR Paatil and state co-in-charge Sudhir Gupta.
CM Patel is slated to attend these functions in Kutch, Tapi, Narmada, Banaskantha, Mehsana, Sabarkantha, Morbi, Surendranagar, Gandhinagar, Ahmedabad city, Gir-Somnath, Junagadh city, Bhavnagar city, Panchmahals, Mahisagar and Vadodara city.
Gupta, on the other hand, will remain present at Bharuch, Patan, Gandhinagar, Ahmedabad, Bhavnagar and Rajkot.