Modi in Gujarat: Diwali has come early due to decisions taken in GST Council, says PM


Ahmedabad, Oct 7, 2017: On the first day of his two-day visit in poll-bound Gujarat, Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed a public meeting in Dwarka on Saturday.

Addressing the gathering, the PM said “Today I am seeing a very different mood here in Dwarka. There is tremendous enthusiasm here. What we are working towards is not merely a bridge to reach Bet Dwarka, it connects us to our history and culture.”

I still recall how tough it was for people of Bet Dwarka. Lack of infrastructure meant transportation was tough, people faced difficulties if an emergency came up. We wanted to change this with a push on infrastructure, he added.

He further said that Diwali has come early for our citizens due to the decisions taken in the GST Council. We had said we will study all aspects relating to GST for 3 months, including the shortcomings. And thus, the decisions were taken with consensus at the GST council.

When there is trust in a government and when policies are made with best intentions, it is natural for people to support us for the best interests of the nation, he added.

Talking on Infrastructure, Modi said “Development of the tourism sector cannot be in isolation. If we want to draw more tourists to Gir, we should also inspire the tourist to visit other parts like Dwarka.”

When Madhavsinh Solanki ji was CM, I recall front page advertisements for the CM coming to Jamnagar to inaugurate a water tank. This is how narrow their conception of development was. We have come a long way since then & are looking at more all round & extensive progress, he added.

He began the tour with prayers at the Dwarkadheesh Temple in the historic Dwarka town. Chief Minister Vijay Rupani also present.

Than, PM Narendra Modi lays foundation stone of new Rajkot airport by unveiling a digital plaque at a ceremony organised at Chotila.

He also lays foundation stone of projects to widen NH 47, state highway 24 at the ceremony organised at Chotila.

During his whirlwind tour, Modi is expected to address as many as six public meetings launching various schemes and projects at five places in three regions of the state.

On Sunday, Modi will visit his birthtown Vadnagar in North Gujarat to inaugurate a Rs 500-crore civil hospital and a medical college.

Here, he will also dedicate the re-developed Sharmistha Lake to the people and inaugurate other public works, including the facelift of the Vadnagar railway station, where he once sold tea as a school boy.

The town has been decked up to welcome the son of the soil. Modi would pass by his school and also the old railway station where his father’s tea stall was located.


Modi will lay the foundation stone of the Rs 1,200-crore Devi Ni Mori International Buddhist complex near Shamlaji in Aravalli district, also in North Gujarat.

Later, the Prime Minister would lay foundation stone for Rs 3,000-crore Bhadbhut barrage project over river Narmada, as well as a Rs 650-crore Dahej-Ghogha Ro-Ro ferry service near Bharuch in South Gujarat before flying off to New Delhi from Vadodara.

Wefornews Bureau

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