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Exclusive: India TV visits PM Modi’s childhood tea stall at Vadnagar railway station

On the second day of his visit, the Prime Minister will visit his hometown Vadnagar. This will be his first visit to this small town after assuming the power in Delhi three years ago.

Reported by: Nirnay Kapoor, New Delhi [ Updated: October 06, 2017 23:04 IST ]
Exclusive: India TV visits PM Modi’s childhood tea stall
Exclusive: India TV visits PM Modi’s childhood tea stall at Vadnagar railway station

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is all set to embark on a two-day visit to his home state Gujarat from tomorrow. During his stay here, the Prime Minister will lay foundation stones of a number of projects, besides addressing public rallies.

On Saturday, he will visit the Dwarkadheesh Temple and later lay the foundation stone of a bridge between Okha and Beyt Dwarka. The PM will then lay the foundation stones of a greenfield airport at Rajkot, six-laning of Ahmedabad-Rajkot National Highway, and four-laning of Rajkot-Morbi state highway. He is also slated to dedicate a fully automatic milk processing and packaging plant and a drinking water distribution pipeline for Joravarnagar and Ratanpur areas of Surendranagar. 

On the second day of his visit, the Prime Minister will visit his hometown Vadnagar. This will be his first visit to this small town after assuming the power in Delhi three years ago.

Here, Modi will visit the tea stall at the Vadnagar station where he used to sell tea during his childhood days along with his father. The tea stall has now been converted into a tourist spot. 

Officials of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism and Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) had visited the town in July. The team of officials was led by Union Culture Mahesh Sharma, who later announced that the original charm of the tea stall will be preserved while giving it a modern touch.

Converting the stall into a tourist spot, he had said, is part of a larger project of putting Modi's birthplace Vadnagar in Mehsana district on the world tourism map.

"Apart from being the birthplace of our PM, Vadnagar is an important historical centre having famous Sharmishta Lake and a step-well. The ASI had recently found remains of a Buddhist Monastery during excavation, which is still going on," Sharma had said.

Ahead of the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, Modi often invoked his childhood and his days as a tea seller at the station. 

After Modi took over as the Prime Minister, a lot of tourists started visiting the town.

The Prime Minister’s visit to Gujarat is also seen as a bid to boost the party’s prospects in the assembly polls slated to be held later this year. The tenure of the 182-member current Gujarat Assembly ends on January 22 next year.

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