BJP workers paint towns saffron in Gujarat

The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) went to town to mark former Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi’s installation on the post of the prime minister in New Delhi on Monday even as his successor Anandi Patel urged Gujaratis to make the occasion memorable with massive celebrations.

By Mahesh Trivedi

Published: Tue 27 May 2014, 11:48 PM

Last updated: Sat 4 Apr 2015, 2:04 AM

In many cities throughout the state, saffron flags adorned several important landmarks and private homes as well as buildings which were also later brightly illuminated and programmes featuring fireworks, folk dances, food and fun were organised by the BJP and its sympathisers.

The BJP unit in Vadodara, from where Modi was elected with a record margin of votes, distributed notebooks, pencils, chocolates and sweets, burst crackers, held mass dinner and arranged for live telecast of Modi’s oath ceremony on a wide LCD screen at a busy crossroad.

The party workers released balloons in the sky, hosted DJ music events at several places, and also organised religious programmes at another expansive venue.

At Vadnagar, Modi’s native town in north Gujarat, a popular temple had invited people for a special ‘puja’ that continued till the ‘son of the soil’ was sworn in. Sweets were also distributed to all citizens

who also enjoyed watching the swearing-in live on a big screen set up near the local lake while the womenfolk performed traditional folk dances in the presence of Modi’s family members . While Gujarat Chief Minister Anandi Patel, all her 21 ministers and state party office-bearers attended the oath function, Modi’s relatives in Vadnagar watched the ceremony on television.

In Surat, the Southern Gujarat Hotel and Restaurant Association offered ‘free tea’ at 60 places across the city.

At Somnath in the Saurashtra , the main temple was decorated with some 1,000 oil lamps and the temple trust headed by former Gujarat chief minister Keshubhai Patel also held an elaborate religious ceremony.

In Kutch, a Mandvi-based artist Anika Joshi made a sand sculpture of Modi under the title of ‘Acche Din Aa Gaye’ which was inaugurated by BJP leaders.

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