Vadnagar: To begin with, a cut-out has been put up under a banyan tree at the entrance to the Vadnagar railway station declaring ‘Vadnagar ki chai pe charcha’.
Clearly depicting what links the railway station, the tea pots and ‘chai pe charcha’, a sign says.
Then there is another corner of the railway station that has an exhibition of paintings depicting the Prime Minister’s life as a tea vendor. According to one of the captions, “During India-China war, he served tea and food to Indian soldiers at the railway station”.
Another tea pot occupies pride of place amidst a giant rangoli and marigold flowers on a neat platform.
Modi arrives in home town Vadnagar today for his first visit since becoming PM. And the welcome extends beyond the railway station, which is being revamped as part of a major upgradation of the town, to the roads he will take, the local Sharmishtha lake, Hatkeshwar temple, and his alma mater B N High School, all of which are at work laying out the red carpet.
The photos mark him being sworn in as Gujarat chief minister for the first time in 2001, and take account of all the schemes announced by him both as CM and as PM, from Jyotigram Yojana and Panchamrut Yojana, to Jan Dhan Yojana, Swachh Bharat Abhiyan and demonetisation.