Prime Minister Narendra Modi wins hearts of millions as he reached the Odisha’s State Capital to attend the BJP’s National Executive meeting.
Mr.Modi is perhaps the first Prime Minister of India who walked down the roads of Bhubaneswar instead of being transported in a bullet-proof vehicle like all his predecessors.
Earlier, the common people can hardly see a Prime Minister on the road.
Whenever a Prime Minister visits a place, he/she confines to a closed circle and leaves just by waiving hands.
However, Narendra Modi was certainly an exception as he jumped from the car and mingled with people.
It was all together a difference experience for the people who thronged the Capital City road to have glimpse of the Prime Minister.
“I have come from Bangirposi, about 600 kilometer from Bhubaneswar. I was standing on the other side of the road and just could see Mr.Modi from a distance. But, to my utter surprise, Modiji came near us by crossing the road divider. He shook hands with many,” said Sukanti Murmu, a tribal woman from Mayurbhaj district.
She was, however, frustrated in another. “I like Modi’s style. I was expecting to listen from him. But, the PM has no programme for public meeting,” Ms.Murmu said thanking God for giving an opportunity to be in close proximity to the Prime Minister of India.
This was the feeling of many young men, women and elderly persons who remained behind the barricade to welcome Mr.Modi here.
This is not that Mr.Modi is coming to the State Capital for the first time, He has been to the State several times earlier.
But, the Craze for Mr.Modi has been manifold in recent times, particularly after the land slide victory in Uttar Pradesh.
Later BJP President Amit Shah in his inaugural speech at the National Executive meeting claimed that Mr.Modi is the most popular Prime Minister of India since Independence.
Mr.Shah’s voice was echoed in the roads of Bhubaneswar when Mr.Modi hit a road show from Airport to Janata Maidan in Jaydev Vihar.
Mr.Modi was given a rousing welcome by the people during his 9-km Roadshow that he held soon after arriving at the city airport to attend the BJP Meet.
Prime Minister was welcomed at the Biju Patnaik International Airport by senior party leaders, State Chief Secretary A P Padhi and DGP K B Singh on behalf of the Odisha Government after he boarded off the IAF’s ‘Raj Hans’ aircraft.
Governor S.C. Jamir and chief minister Naveen Patnaik were not seen at the airport to welcome the Prime Minister as his visit was “non-official” and political in nature, said the Government sources.
Clad in an all white, Mr.Modi stood on the foot rest of his Range Rover, beamed and waved at the people who had gathered on both sides of the road with lotus flowers in their hands to greet him.
Defying the security cordon, Mr.Modi even got off his vehicle a couple of times, walked to the people waiting for him for hours in the summer sun, greeted them and even shook hands with some of them.
Mr.Modi also paid floral tributes to the freedom fighters and illustrious sons of the soil on his way to the Raj Bhavan.
As the Prime Minister’s roadshow passed through the main road connecting the airport and the Raj Bhavan, the chants of ‘Modi .. Modi,’ ‘Bharat Mata ki Jai’ and ‘Bande Mataram’ rent the air.
The State BJP also organised folk dance, songs and folk music at different places along the route taken by the Prime Minister.
Entire stretch of 9 KM road wore a festive look and thousands of people went on chanting Modi out of love and affection.
The Members of the BJP’s Mahila Morcha felicitated the Prime Minister in front of the Raj Bhavan, presenting him lotus flowers.
After a 20-minute halt at Raj Bhavan, Mr.Modi resumed his Roadshow.
He got off the vehicle and walked for about half-a-km near Jaidev Vihar, mingling freely with the people before arriving at Janata Maidan, the venue of the two-day National Executive.