Prime Minister Narendra Modi held a 25-kilometre roadshow in Surat where he was greeted by a huge crowd, including women and children, with chants of “Modi…Modi…” from Surat airport to Varachha Sunday evening, even as at Yogi Chowk area, dominated by Saurashtrian Patidars, the crowd chanted “Kejriwal…Kejriwal”.
The roadshow passed through Magdalla junction, Parle point, Athwagate, Majuragate, Udhna Darwaja overbridge, Sardar Market, Parvat Patia, Mota Varachha road and Gopin village before culminating at Abhrama in Varachha where Modi addressed the gathering.
The PM started his speech with “Phir ek baar… (one more time)” when the crowd completed it with “…Modi Sarkar”.
The audience sported saffron caps and scarfs with BJP symbols even as Modi appealed to them to create a record in voting percentage to make BJP win with record margin.
Talking about the hard work of people from Surat, Modi said, “I visited Bhavnagar to attend a mass marriage of children of single parents, where I got a whiff of Surat (referring to businessman Mahesh Sawani who coducts mass marriage of girls who are orphaned or with single parent in Surat). In Dang (tribal dominated) also you get it… (referring to diamond and textiles businessmen who do social work)… Surat holds record in blood donation camps, number of schools and solar energy sector…. the hard work of people has made Surat among the top 10 fastest growing cities in the world.”
Referring to Surat as diamond city, textile city and bridge city, Modi said now it is marching ahead in information technology sector, too. “Now I have understood why the Britishers had come to Surat… they knew the capability of Surat…”