Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP President Amit Shah arrived here on Sunday evening on a two-day visit to their home turf Gujarat, which has again given the party all the 26 Lok Sabha seats, but the celebrations will be devoid of drums and firecrackers in homage to the Surat fire victims.
Modi and Shah landed at the Sardar Patel airport around 6 p.m. and offered floral tributes to the statue of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel at the airport.
Gujarat BJP President Jitubhai Vaghani told reporters earlier: “PM Modi and Amit Shah are coming for the first time after a huge victory but the celebrations will be simple and austere.
“There will be no firecrackers or beating of drums. This is in homage to the children who died in the Surat fire,” he added.
From the Ahmedabad airport, the leaders will reach the old State BJP headquarters at JP Chowk in the Khanpur area. Modi used to live here in a room when he was Gujarat BJP’s Organizational Secretary in the late 1980s during the party’s formative years in the state.
The Prime Minister and Amit Shah will address a public meeting at the JP Chowk where Modi always makes the first speech after every election victory. The meeting would be to convey his and the party’s gratitude to the people for giving such a massive mandate.
As always, Modi will have a night-halt at Raj Bhavan in Gandhinagar and visit his mother Hiraba to take her blessings at his younger brother’s house in Raisan area in Gandhinagar before leaving for Delhi.