Prime Minister Narendra Modi reached Kamalam, BJP’s state headquarters in Gandhinagar. Modi held a roadshow from the airport to Kamalam earlier on Friday, accompanied by Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel and the BJP president CR Patil.
After the rally, Modi discussed strategy for the 2022 Gujarat elections with the state leadership. These discussions are amid BJP retaining power in Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Manipur and Goa.
Riding in an open car decorated with floral garlands, Modi waved to people on the roadside. People chanted Modi, Modi and he responded with the “V” sign.
Later in the day, Modi will address a rally of over one lakh elected representatives of panchayat bodies as part of his two-day visit to Gujarat. Gujarat has a three-tier Panchayati Raj structure, with 33 district panchayats, 248 taluka panchayats and over 14,500-gram panchayats.
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.