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4:07 pm - Monday January 22, 2018

Masjid visit, Roadshow with Japan PM

Agencies, Ahmedabad

By staging the eight-km stretch roadshow along with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his wife Akie, and making a visit of Masjid premises, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today virtually kickstarted his poll campaign for the ensuing assembly elections in his home state Gujarat.

“This is a well orchestrated strategy and a near political master stroke,” said educationist Rupamkumar Goradia, who said he would be keeping close eyes on the roadshow and Mr Abe’s visit to Gujarat as it gives a right message to seek investment. In fact, several women who gathered near the Sabarmati Riverfront, a brainchild of PM Modi, welcomed the fact that both Mr Abe and his wife Akie Abe quickly changed to Indian attire before joining for the roadshow along side Prime Minister Modi.

“Aamro Modi ji great chhey (Our PM Modi is great),” said Alpana Palan obviously hinting that she is quite impressed by Mr Modi’s style of functioning. While Mr Abe put on kurta-pyjama while his wife was in a Gujarati outfit. Both Mr Abe and his wife Akie enthusiastically waved hands riding an open-top vehicle to the large gathering on both sides.

In many locations cultural groups performed jubilantly and common people especially students and young women stood waving tri-colour as also Japanese flags displaying the new found bonhomie between India and Japan. There will be delegation level talks between two sides at around 1200 noon tomorrow.

A few agreements are expected to be signed, Joint Secretary East Asia, Pranay Verma, has said. Prime Minister Modi accompanied by Mr Abe also reached the 500-year-old Siddi Saiyad Mosque situated near Lal Darwaja built by the erstwhile Sultanate of Gujarat.

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