Prime Minister Narendra Modi will head to Gujarat this weekend and is scheduled to participate in at least eight programmes while crisscrossing the state from Saurashtra to Surat.
The highlight of PM Modi’s tour is his visit to the famous Somnath temple on November 20. The prime minister is also the chairman of the Somnath Temple Trust. After landing in Gujarat on November 19 evening, the prime minister will address a rally in Valsad.
On November 20, after visiting the Somnath temple, he is scheduled to address four rallies in the Saurashtra region. Venues have been finalised at Veraval, Dhorarji, Amreli and Botad.
In the last Assembly elections, the BJP was not able to win from a single constituency in Saurashtra. The BJP won the state polls but wasn’t able to breach this bastion.
On day 3, PM Modi will hold three rallies in Surendranagar, Bharuch and Navsari. While Bharuch was the constituency of the former Congress strongman Ahmed Patel in the past, the BJP state president CR Patil, who hails from Navsari, has been winning this Lok Sabha seat with huge margins.
Incidentally, Rahul Gandhi is also expected to visit Navsari on November 21, the same day as Modi. The PM is also expected to have a closed-door meeting with state leaders during his stay to further boost the party in the western state.
In Gujarat, the BJP has been in power for the last 27 years with Narendra Modi being the longest-serving chief minister of the state. This time, the party under the leadership of Narendra Modi, Amit Shah and CR Patil is aiming to bag more than 140 seats.
The state has been a BJP stronghold for long and the party is confident of forming the government for the seventh term.