As Modi returns to his home town after a five-year gap, the town has left no stone unturned to celebrate its PM connection. The focus of the town this time is the place where Modi used to vend tea as a young boy.
For most Vadnagar residents, it’s early Diwali with clean roads, fairy lights on every landmark and fireworks.
Around 50 banners flying on the side of the road on way to Vadnagar tell the story of Narendra Modi – his birth, Modi selling tea at Vadnagar railway station, later joining the RSS and so on.
The focus of the town this time is the place where he used to vend tea as a young boy. The banners continue with the Modi story to cover demonetization, ties with foreign nations and the bullet train. Vadnagar, Modi’s birth place, is about 100 km north of Ahmedabad.
As Modi returns to his home town after a five-year gap, the town has left no stone unturned to celebrate its PM connection.
The town, with a population of less than 30,000, was teeming with government officials on Saturday, ahead of Modi’s maiden visit to Vadnagar after beoming PM three years ago.
Wherever one goes in the town, one cannot escape the reminder that Modi was born here. The tea stall on Vadnagar railway station, where- Modi assisted his father in selling tea, has been turned into an exhibit with restored tea cabin and the story of Modi’s formative years. The Sharmishtha lake is the place where Modi had reportedly caught a baby crocodile and saved his friend from drowning.This story is displayed in graphic novel format.
A number of ministers and IAS officers couldn’t resist themselves from clicking selfies with the fabled tea stall on Saturday, even as a tea vendor who used to stand outside the railway station, is given space right near the venue to stimulate ‘Chai pe Charcha’ on Sunday.
Banners outside Modi’s alma mater, the BN High School, celebrated Modi’s tactics in getting his school to win in Kabaddi match. The story of how he helped in the collection of funds though street plays to get the school’s boundary wall repai red.
Nagji Desai, one of Modi’s batchmates, said they are eager to welcome the son of the soil.”He has put India on world map through his initiatives. A number of qualities like determination were apparent even in his childhood. He listens to local issues. Due to his intervention, the town’s library is getting renovated,” Desai said.
Jagdish Prajapati, who has bought the ancestral shop belonging to `Damabhai’ (as Modi’s father was known) near the railway station, said that nothing much has changed in the town but they are proud of Modi’s struggle and where he is today. “He will get a hero’s welcome and he deserves it,” Prajapati said.