Prime Minister Narendra Modi today visited the famous Sai Baba temple in Shirdi. He attended the concluding day of Samadhi Centenary celebrations of Sai Baba. The prime minister also laid the foundation stone of various development works of the Saibaba Sansthan Trust. Sai Baba had taken the Samadhi in 1918 on Vijaya Dashami. The trust celebrated the centenary year of Sai Baba's Mahasamadhi from October 1, 2017 to October 18, 2018. Activist Trupti Desai was detained by police in the morning as she had threatened to stop PM Modi's convoy if he refused to meet her. She was planning to register her protest with the PM in connection with Sabarimala temple row.
Highlights of PM Modi's visit:
12:39 pm: In its last 4 years of governance, the previous govt built only 25 Lakh houses. In last 4 years, the BJP-led central govt built 1.25 Crore houses: Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Shirdi, Maharashtra
12:38 pm: A permanent house makes life easy & provides enthusiasm to fight against poverty. Keeping this in mind, the govt has set the goal of providing a permanent house to every family by 2022. I am happy that we have completed half the journey: PM Narendra Modi in Shirdi, Maharashtra
12:37 pm: Govt is working on huge projects, says PM Modi
12:25 pm: I am happy that we have completed half the distance: PM Modi
12:20 pm: Govt to make home available to each homeless family by 2022: PM Modi
12:15 pm: PM Modi begins his speech at a public meeting in Shirdi
11:50 am: PM Modi lays foundation stone for development projects worth Rs 475 crore.
11:00 am: PM Modi performs Aarati at the shrine.
10:55 am: PM Modi offers prayers at the shrine.
10:48 am: PM Modi arrives at Sai Baba shrine, seeks blessings
10:15 am: PM Modi lands at Shirdi airport, CM Fadnavis receives him
Maharashtra: Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrives in Shirdi. He will participate in the Sai Baba Samadhi centenary celebrations today. pic.twitter.com/MrJjpbdbXB— ANI (@ANI) October 19, 2018
Watch: After performing aarti, Prime Minister hoists flag at Shirdi shrine
Shirdi: Visuals from outside Shri Saibaba Samadhi Temple Complex where Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit later today. He will participate in the Sai Baba Samadhi centenary celebrations. #Maharashtra pic.twitter.com/3lo9VvpOCp— ANI (@ANI) October 19, 2018
09:10 am: PM scheduled to arrive at 10:20 am.
09:02 am: The door of shrine closed for common man from 9-11 am
07:50 am: Police force was already here today morning when we were about to leave for Shirdi. It is wrong. It is our Constitutional right to protest. We are being stopped at home only. It is an attempt to suppress our voice through Modi ji: Activist Trupti Desai
07:40 am: She had also threatened to stop his convoy if he doesn't meet her.
07:30 am: In a letter to to SP Ahmednagar, Trupti had demanded to meet PM Modi to discuss Sabrimala Temple issue ahead of his Shirdi visit today.
7:24 am: Police detain activist Trupti Desai who was planning to meet PM Modi to protest in connection with Sabarimala temple row.
07:00 am: Security tightened around Shirdi temple
Watch Video: PM Modi to visit Shirdi today
PM Modi will hand over keys to mark the Griha pravesh of Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana Grameen beneficiaries and address a gathering. Prime Minster Modi will also lay the foundation Stone of developmental Projects Worth Rupees 475 Crore.
He is also scheduled to address a rally in Shridi later in the day.