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PM launches first medical college in Patidar agitations' epicentre Vadnagar

The Prime Minister also flagged off the Antyodaya Express that would connect workers and labourers in Surat with their hometowns in Bihar and Uttar Pradesh

Vinay Umarji  |  Ahmedabad 

Narendra Modi, Modi, Modi in Vadnagar, Gujarat
Prime Minister Narendra Modi interacts with the students during a visit to GMERS Medical College, Vadnagar, Gujarat on Sunday. (Photo: PTI)

Prime Minister is taking no chances to quench dissenting voices, ahead of the crucial assembly elections. On the first day of his visit, Saturday, he spoke about the latest revision in the goods and services tax (GST) regime as an 'early Diwali' gift to the businesses across

On the second day, he reached out to other regions where there have been instances of growing dissent.

Kicking off his second-day visit in with a trip to his hometown Vadnagar, PM launched the first medical college in northern — the epicentre of Patidar agitations over reservations in government colleges and jobs. 

Later in the day, flagged off the that would connect workers and labourers in with their hometowns in Bihar and Uttar Pradesh. has also seen a growth in voices criticising the government over the implementation of GST, along with its take on the Patidar agitations. 

The flag off comes at a time when workers in the textile and diamond industry of would be headed back to their native states in the wake of the upcoming Diwali festival. From businesses to labourers, the roll-out has led to a negative feedback in the industry, which the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) would want to put to rest, before the state assembly polls kickstart in December.

Inaugurating the GMERS medical college in his hometown Vadnagar, took a dig at the previous Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) regime for ignoring health policies during its 10-year stint.

"The previous government had no interest in bringing about changes in healthcare programmes. The last health policy was announced during Atal Behari Vajpayee’s regime around 15 years ago. After that, such a government assumed power that used to hate development. It did not have any empathy for the people. As a result, a new health policy was introduced after almost 15 years by our government," said during a public address earlier on Sunday, while adding that it was his government who brought down prices of stent and was working constantly "to make healthcare affordable to poor".

After a warm welcome by locals during his 6-km roadshow in Vadnagar, visited the and Hatkeshwar Temple, among other places to relive his childhood memories. 

Prime Minister flagging off the (connecting Udhna in with Jaynagar in Bihar) in Bharuch (Photo: PTI)
At Vadnagar, launched initiatives like the immunisation drive — Mission Intensified Indradhanush — and the 'Innovative mobile-phone Technology for Community Health Operations (ImTeCHO) app that looks to improve maternal, newborn and child health interventions among resource-poor areas in  

Later, flagged off the through a video link from Bharuch, which will start from Udhna in and ends at Jaynagar in Bihar. This is the second that has been flagged off, after the same from Mumbai to Gorakhpur. 

Addressing the public gathering, said that the express is a commendable initiative by the Rail Ministry for helping workers from Uttar Pradesh and Bihar who work away from their homes. "It makes easier for people from Uttar Pradesh and Bihar to go home for Chhath Puja." 

Further, lauding Narmada Fertilisers Corporation’s (GNFC)'s efforts of neem coating of urea at a plant launch in Bharuch, said: "Neem coating of urea helped farmers and stopped corruption as well as theft. We decided that 100 per cent neem coating of urea has to be done so that it can only be used in farming and not in chemical factories."

"Gujarat's strides in animal husbandry have helped farmers. I told Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath to send a team to and study the Pashu Arogya Melas. They did that and organised a similar one in Varanasi, which I had the opportunity to visit and see how it helped farmers," further said, before returning to Delhi. 

The poll-bound will continue to see high-profile visits with the vice president, Rahul Gandhi, visiting for the second time since last one month on Monday (October 9), followed by other key leaders in the coming weeks. 

First Published: Sun, October 08 2017. 19:16 IST