Ahmedabad: Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who last week promised he would visit Gujarat more often, will celebrate his birthday in Ahmedabad on September 17 — the first of several visits planned to the state that will hold elections next year.
On his 66th birthday, the Prime Minister will celebrate the day with tribals in South Gujarat, official sources said. He is also expected to address a public rally at Navsari town near Surat in the tribal belt.
However, officials were not clear about his detailed itinerary for September 17. PM Modi usually starts his birthday by visiting his mother Hira Ba in Gandhinagar and has maintained this tradition for many years.
In his speech after inaugurating an ambitious water and irrigation project in Jamnagar on August 30, on his second visit in a month, PM Modi struck a personal note with the people, admitting he had not been coming to Gujarat as often as he was expected to.
He said there had been complaints, including from former Chief Minister Anandiben Patel, that he was ignoring the state and added that he could not come often for he was stuck in Delhi where the work was new for him.
The Prime Minister said now that he has learnt the ropes, he would visit Gujarat more often. He said he was implementing nationally the lessons learnt while running the government in the state.