PM Modi addresses a public meeting in Vadnagar on October 8. Photograph: (ANI)
This is PM Modi's first visit to his hometown and birthplace Vadnagar since he became prime minister in 2014
Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in his hometown Vadnagar in Gujarat's Mehsana district on the second day of his visit to Gujarat.
This is PM Modi's first visit to his hometown and birthplace since he became prime minister in 2014.
Other milestones of PM Modi's Vadnagar visit were a visit to his school and the inauguration of a Rs 500 crore multi-speciality medical college.
The Prime Minister's next stop was the city of Bharuch where he laid the foundation stone for the Bhadbhut Barrage to be built over Narmada River and flagged off the Antyodaya Express between Udhna in Surat and Jaynagar, Bihar.
Excerpts from his speech at a public rally in Vadnagar:
Whatever I am today is because of the values taught by this land
I will go back with your blessings and assure you that I will work even harder for the nation
Immense love showered by people of Vadnagar gives me new energy to serve the nation with more zeal
Chinese scholar Xuanzang visited my village in India and in China he visited President Xi's village
Doctors may or may not guarantee good health, but cleanliness does
Till the time Prime Minister Atal Bihar Vajpayee's government was in power 15, 16, 17 years back, our country made its health policy
After that for the next 10 years, a government came that hated development
We brought prices of stents down. Work is constantly being done to make healthcare affordable for the poor
Today I met youngsters from a medical college. We as a society require more doctors who can serve people
Highlights from his speech in Bharuch
We decided that 100% neem coating of urea has to be done so that it can only be used in farming and not in chemical factories
Neem coating of urea helped farmers and stopped corruption as well as theft: PM
However big those who plunder the country become, ultimately only honesty will win