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Gujarat CM Bhupendra Patel’s surprise visit to Vadodara baffles party leaders, officials

Accompanied by the chief secretary, the cm visited ekta nagar in vadodara city and sukhalipura village in waghodia taluka on friday and interacted with the residents..

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Gujarat Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel on Friday morning paid a surprise visit to three economically backward localities in Vadodara, baffling the administration and party leaders. Accompanied by chief secretary Pankaj Kumar, Patel visited Ekta Nagar in Vadodara city and Sukhalipura village in Waghodia taluka, interacting with residents and walking through the settlements.

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A release from the government said Patel decided to visit Vadodara by road after seeing off President Ram Nath Kovind at the Ahmedabad airport. “The CM suddenly decided to visit the remote areas by road, without intimating the administration about his plans,” the release said.

The visit took officials and BJP leaders by surprise although the Vadodara city police had received “last-minute verbal intimation” on Friday morning, top officials said, “with strict instructions to keep his visit a secret.”

Top police officials told this newspaper that a pilot vehicle was provided for the chief minister’s convoy as per security protocol, but its driver was ‘unaware’ of the itinerary. A top official said, “We had received a communication that the CM will be heading to Vadodara airport by road. We were told not to inform anyone about his visit. We were not aware that he would also be visiting a couple of places and so the pilot vehicle was not briefed either… He left for Vadodara airport as informed, but we do not know where he was travelling from there.”

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BJP city unit president Dr Vijay Shah said, “We received an intimation about his visit at the last minute but it was too short a time for any of us to reach there… We do not know why the chief minister chose to visit Ekta Nagar. Later, he left for Lucknow from Vadodara airport to attend the swearing-in ceremony of Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath .”

The government release stated, “The villagers of Sukhalipura had only just begun their day when they experienced the pleasant surprise of having the Chief Minister in their midst. CM Patel visited the village without any prior plans and without informing any officials of the administration… He got off from his vehicle and met the women of the village, conversing with them in their courtyards… He spoke about sanitation, water supply, electricity, and other basic amenities, and also enquired if they were receiving benefits from government schemes. The CM also interacted with children and asked them about their school… He also visited an anganwadi and interacted with the workers there.”

The release stated that the chief minister interacted with beneficiaries of the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY) and sought details of the benefits received by 20 families of the village under the scheme. “The CM sat on a bench near a pond in the village and struck a conversation with a BPL ration cardholder, asking him if he received sufficient grains on time… The sarpanch of the village also arrived when he learned of the CM’s visit and welcomed the Chief Minister,” it said.

No officials of the city or district administration were present during the visit.

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Celebration outside Bhupendra Patel's office in Ghatlodia area of Ahmedabad.

Celebration outside Bhupendra Patel's office in Ghatlodia area of Ahmedabad.

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CR Paatil, Gujarat BJP president, said that only Bhupendra Patel would take an oath as CM on Monday. The rest of the ministers would be decided soon by the party top brass.

'Thankful to PM Modi, JP Nadda and Amit Shah for their trust in him'

In his first interaction with media after announcement of his name as the next CM of Gujarat, Bhupendra Patel said that he is thankful to PM Narendra Modi, national BJP president JP Nadda and union home minister Amit Shah for their trust in him. He also said that he is glad to have blessings of former CM and current governor of Uttar Pradesh Anandiben Patel with him. He said that there’s been lot of development work in Gujarat by the current government which he would take them forward to the last persons of the society.

Bhupendra Patel is a close aide of former Gujarat CM Anandiben Patel

Bhupendra Patel is a close aide of former Gujarat CM Anandiben Patel

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The prime minister's pre-scheduled visit to his home state comes a day after the bjp emerged victorious in assembly elections in uttar pradesh, uttarakhand, goa and manipur, which were held in february-march..

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will, on Friday, arrive in his home state of Gujarat on a 2-day visit, a day after his Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) convincingly retained four of the five states where assembly elections took place in February-March, the counting of votes for which took place on March 10.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi being garlanded by BJP leaders following the party's win in the Uttar Pradesh assembly election in New Delhi on Thursday. (PTI)

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According to a statement from the Prime Minister's Office (PMO), PM Modi will, at 4pm on March 11, participate in the Gujarat Panchayat Mahasammelan and address the gathering. A day later, he will inaugurate the Rashtriya Raksha University (RRU) at 11am and as the chief guest, deliver the first convocation address of the RRU.

At 6:30pm on Saturday, in his final engagement on the trip, the Prime Minister will declare open the 11th Khel Mahakumbh, the release said.

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Giving details on the three events, the statement noted that the Gujarat Panchayat Mahasammelan will witness participation of more than 1 lakh representatives from the three ties of the Panchayati Raj institutions in the western state.

The RRU, it said, was established to meet the need for high-quality trained manpower in various wings of policing, criminal justice and correctional administration, and commenced operations on October 1, 2020.

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“Started in 2010 in Gujarat under the visionary leadership of the then Chief Minister Shri Narendra Modi, with 16 sports and 13 lakh participants, Khel Mahakumbh today encompasses 36 general sports and 26 para sports. Over 45 lakh sportspersons have registered for 11th Khel Mahakumbh,” the release said.

Meanwhile, of the five states which went to polls, the BJP won Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Goa and Manipur, while Congress-ruled Punjab will now have an Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government. Gujarat, too, will go to polls later this year, with the BJP aiming to retain a state where it has now been in power for more than 20 years.

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