After being denied permission for conducting roadshow in Gujarat's Ahmedabad, PM Narendra Modi on Tuesday boarded a seaplane from Sabarmati river in the city to travel to Dharoi dam in Mehsana district. The prime minister also offered prayers to Ma Amba at Ambaji temple in Banaskantha.
The prime minister boarded the single-engine seaplane from near the Sardar Bridge connecting the old city with Ahmedabad West, the first-ever flight by such a craft in the country. A special jetty was constructed to facilitate the prime minister's boarding from the river.
The plane took off from the Sardar Bridge-end amid chants of "Modi-Modi" from BJP workers and other city dwellers, who flocked the Sabarmati Riverfront to witness this one-of-a-kind event.
The development comes a day after Ahmedabad administration refused permission both for Modi's and Congress leader Rahul Gandhi's roadshows in the city.
"Tomorrow at 9:30 AM I will travel from Sabarmati River in Ahmedabad to Dharoi Dam via sea plane. After that will offer prayers to Maa Amba at Ambaji. With air, roads & rail connectivity, our Government is making efforts for harnessing waterways. All this is for 125 crore Indians!", the prime minister had tweeted.
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#On last day of Gujarat campaign, PM reaches Ambaji temple in Banaskantha after taking seaplane.
#From Dharoi, the prime minister proceeded to Ambaji Temple in Banaskantha district via road. After visiting the temple, he would return to Ahmedabad by the seaplane in the evening.
#PM Narendra Modi reaches Dharoi dam via seaplane, will visit Ambaji temple.
#As per rules and regulations, PM can use any transport facility, it has nothing to do with Gujarat Election. If Rahul Gandhi wants he can also use it, no politics in it, says Gadkari.
#Today is a historic day as PM traveled in a seaplane. It will be a big revolution in the transport sector as India has huge potential, says Union minister Nitin Gadkari.
sea plane दूसरे देशों में बहुत समय से हैं।आज हमारे गुजरात में आया हैं काफ़ी ख़ुश हूँ।लेकिन चुनाव के अगले दिन ही आया वो बढ़िया बात हैं।किसान किट नाशक दवाई भी Plane से डाल सके एसा कुछ कीजिए— Hardik Patel (@HardikPatel_) December 12, 2017
#PM Modi boarded a seaplane from Sabarmati river in the city to travel to Dharoi dam in Mehsana district.
# After landing at the Dharoi dam in Mehsana, the Prime Minister will take the road to visit Ambaji temple.
# The prime minister's plane has taken off. He is expected to arrive in Mehsana in an hour's time.
Sea plane takes off from Sabarmati river with PM Modi onboard, to reach Dharoi Dam pic.twitter.com/XQ5OgMBdxl— ANI (@ANI) December 12, 2017
# PM Modi has boarded the plane, to take off shortly. It is expected to be a one-hour journey.
# PM Modi's convoy arrives at Sabarmati riverfront, to shortly take flight in India's first-ever seaplane to Dharoi Dam.
#PM Narendra Modi to travel from Sabarmati River in Ahmedabad to Dharoi Dam via seaplane shortly.
#"Our party had planned my road show tomorrow. However, the administration has not given permission and I had time so I decided to go to Ambaji in the seaplane," Modi said.
#"We cannot have airports everywhere, so our government has planned to have these seaplanes," Modi added.
#The prime minister's return journey would also be by the same seaplane.
#Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani said this is for the first time in the history of the country that a seaplane will land on a water body and that will be the Sabarmati river. "Prime Minister Narendra Modi will travel in the plane from here to Dharoi. He will visit Ambaji temple and come back from Dharoi to Sabarmati in the same plane," Rupani said.
#The campaigning for the second phase of Gujarat Assembly elections will end on Tuesday.
#The election in the remaining 93 constituencies in central and northern regions of the state will be held in the second phase on December 14. Counting of votes will take place on December 18.