May 1, 2012 5:20:56 am
On May Day,Chief Minister Narendra Modi will be present at a record 80 events lined up between noon and 9 pm in the tribal district of Dahod,which is hosting the state-level celebrations of Gujarat Day,also falling on Tuesday.
And before he leaves for Dahod,the CM will attend four major functions in Ahmedabad,paying tribute to founder of the MahaGujarat movement,Indulal Yagnik,and other martyrs of the same movement at at Khanpur and then opening Ahmedabads First National Book Fair hosted by the citys municipal corporation on the Sabarmati River Front. Modi then launches Unique ID (Project) in the state. At 11 am,he flies to Dahod in central Gujarat,popularly called the region of the rising sun,for the official Gujarat Day event.
His day in Dahod begins with the ground-breaking ceremony of Kadana dam-based water supply scheme,worth Rs 127.12 crore,for Dahod city. The CM then inaugurates a modern hostel building for government engineering college students and also dedicate boys and girls hostel at Agriculture Engineering Polytechnic campus at Movalia. Then he opens a physiotherapy college at Nimnalia in Dahod and lays foundation stone for an eye hospital at Chakalia road in the town.
In the evening,Modi flags off the Gaurav Yatra-Police Parade,besides unveiling a statue of Mahatma Gandhi. The day ends with a cultural programme on the theme of Disha Chindhe Dahod ( Dahod shows the way).
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Ever since he began his Sadbhavana Mission fasts in September last the chief minister held 36 one-day fasts in five months there has been no stopping Modi. From back-to-back inaugurations of solar power plants to the opening of a mushroom and cold storage plant in his home town of Vadnagar last week,his publicity-planners have ensured he is all over the place.
In this blitzkrieg,there are some who get to see Modi in person. For those who cannot,there is a virtual Modi.
According to sources in his office,the CM has addressed 300-odd Garib Kalyan Melas on video in the last 20 days. Last year,at many of these fairs,Modi personally handed out bicycles and other such doles to the poor. Before this,he handed out appointment letters to the unemployed youth at job fairs held in all districts,where Modi was the guest on video.
Also,there seems a change of tack. For the first time,the CM is being seen in functions held by caste and community groups.
In March-April this year,Modi attended 12 major events where he addressed Leuva Patels,north-Indians,Maharashtrians,Brahmins,Baxi-Panch,Chaudharies,Thakors,very backward communities and so on.
The CM has also been attending mass marriages of different communities.
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