On Tuesday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi travelled by road to Aji-3 dam to inaugurate the SAUNI project after landing at the airport in Jamnagar, instead of taking a helicopter ride owing to bad weather conditions.
PM Narendra Modi. AP
As monsoon has been active over Jamnagar for the past few days, the plan to travel by helicopter was dropped.
"Due to bad weather, the Prime Minister is coming by road to the venue instead of a helicopter," BJP Saurashtra region spokesperson Raju Dhruv told PTI.
"Our PM was supposed to reach Aaji-3 dam through helicopter. However, due to safety reasons in the wake of bad weather and cloudy atmosphere, PM has been taken to the venue by road in a car," said an official of Jamnagar police control room.
Ahead of his arrival at Jamnagar, Modi tweeted, "Looking forward to being in Gujarat today for the launch of SAUNI Yojna. This scheme will truly benefit the people of Gujarat."
Looking forward to being in Gujarat today for the launch of SAUNI Yojana. This scheme will truly benefit the people of Gujarat.
The Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti had earlier threatened to stage a protest against Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his Gujarat visit if its members were not allowed to submit him a memorandum of their demands.
Rajkot PAAS convener Brijesh Patel had said they want to seek "clarification" from the PM on his "silence" on the "atrocities" committed on Patels during last year's agitation for reservation.
"We do not wish to disrupt the programme if we are given permission by authorities to meet him (PM) and hand him over a memorandum. If we are denied permission, PAAS members will stage protest outside the venue (of the PM's event)," Brijesh had said, a close associate of quota stir spearhead Hardik Patel.
PAAS wants to raise several demands through their memorandum, including the key demand of granting reservation to Patidar community in government jobs and education under OBC quota.
"Our PM never said anything about the atrocities committed on Patels during our agitation. We want to seek clarification from Modi on his silence. Through our memorandum, we also want to raise the issue of inaction by state government in punishing police officers involved in thrashing and killing Patels," Brijesh had said.
He had said that PAAS has already sought permission from the police commissioners and the collectors of Rajkot and Jamnagar to allow its members to hand over the memorandum to the PM.