Gandhinagar, June 30: Rajkot is the headquarters of Gujarat's Saurashtra region, dominated by Patels or Patidaars, who the BJP is trying hard to win back after what was seen as the state government's inept handling of the community's massive agitation for quota. A road show in Rajkot on Thursday was the highlight of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's two-day visit to Gujarat, designed to reach out to farmers, and, ahead of assembly elections.
While giving importance to the farmers. Modi also educated people to conserve water. He said, "When water is available, it's our responsibility to be careful and conserve water as much as possible." He inaugurated the Sauni Yojana, a project which will fill the Aji dam near Rajkot with Narmada waters.
However, it had been raining since morning and city fire brigade and the control room recorded 33mm of water in the city. Due to water logging and intermittent rains, Narendra Modi had to race up his 8km road show. A huge crowd gathered to catch a glimpse of the Prime Minister. Majority of them threw rose petals and garlands at him. The road show came to an end at the airport after a long one hour.
During his trip to Gujarat, PM Modi took a visit to Mahatma Gandhi’s Sabarmati Ashram in Ahmedabad where he finally said that the killing of people by cow vigilantes is unacceptable. His comments came a day after people across the country protested against mob attacks by cow vigilantes against people they accuse of cow slaughter or carrying and eating beef.
However, not many of us know but it was from Rajkot that Modi fought his maiden election to become Chief Minister of Gujarat in 2001. Before the PM started his road show, 10,000 BJP workers took out a bike rally along the road show route wearing T-shirts and helmets with Modi imprints.