Grand celebrations in Gujarat to mark Modi's swearing-in
The entire Gujarat was in a festive mood with the BJP state unit celebrated the swearing-in ceremony of Prime Minister Narendra Modi today with dancing, bursting fire crackers, distributing sweets and decorating their houses and premises.
The state unit celebrated the occasion with distributing sweets at Ahmedabad, Gandhinagar and other places in the state.
Chief Minister Anandiben Patel and her Cabinet colleagues also attended the swearing-in ceremony at the Rashtrapati Bhavan in Delhi.
Tea vendor Kiran Mahida, who was one of the proposers of Mr Modi during filing of his nomination papers from Vadodara, had also reached Delhi.
According to the reports, Mr Modi's wife Jashodaben, however, did not receive invite for the ceremony. Earlier, talking to a Gujarati news channel, Jashodaben had expressed her desire to attend the swearing-in ceremony if Mr Modi invites her.
Special prayers were held in various temples across the state to wish Mr Modi and several organisations and fan clubs of Mr Modi also celebrated the occasion.
The party's Vadodara unit had decorated the whole city to celebrate the occasion.
Mr Modi had won with a record margin from the Vadodara Lok Sabha seat.
''It is a proud day for us that the representative elected from Vadodara is taking oath as the next Prime Minister. The people of Vadodara celebrated the day like a festival,'' BJP Vadodara unit chief Bharat Dangar told UNI. More UNI KK-HT NNNN
Mr Dangar said the party distributed sweets and food at anganwadis, homes for old age people and also at hospitals. He said all the important and historic buildings were decorated. Large screens were installed so that the common people can see the swearing-in ceremony live. ''The people of the city lighted deeps and maha arti and sundar kand performed in the city temples,'' the BJP leader added.
Mr Dangar further said the party workers also burst fire crackers.
The Vadodara unit of BJP distributed notebooks, pencils, chocolates and sweets at Sardar chowk, held dinner at Tarsali, relayed live telecast of oath taking ceremony on wide LCD screen at Tulsidham circle, released balloons in the sky, hosted DJ music events at several places.
In Mr Modi's home town Vadnagar in north Gujarat, Hatkeshwar Mahadev Mandir hosted special puja that continued till the former Gujarat Chief Minister took oath.
In the pilgrimage town of Somnath, Somnath temple held special puja.
At 1800 hrs 1000 earthen lamps were lighted in the temple complex.
Prayers were offered to Lord Somnath for the successful tenure of Mr Modi as the Prime Minister.
In Surat, the association of hotels and restaurants had organised free tea for the people at 60 places including Surat railway station.
(Posted on 27-05-2014)