Chief minister Narendra Modi vowed that he would certainly not disappoint the six crore Gujaratis who had placed their confidence in him.
“From the time I started understanding politics and elections, this is the first time that the common man is eagerly awaiting polls,” said Modi, the BJP’s prime ministerial candidate, adding that the common man was desperately seeking a change of guard in Delhi.
Modi was addressing a gathering of a few thousands of people which had thronged the Town Hall since 2 pm on Tuesday to wish him on his 64th birthday. Community organisations, priests, doctors, advocates and large groups of Bohra Muslims were seen struggling to reach out to the CM to greet him.
“For the first in India, I am seeing such hatred and dislike for any elected government,” he said without naming the government at the Centre. “There is a desire for change in the country. People strongly believe that the present situation cannot be allowed to prevail for long,” he added.
Gifts like trophies, shawls, turbans, photo frames of Sardar Vallabbhai Patel and bouquets flooded the event triggering panic among security officials as people wanted to hand over the gifts to Modi in person. Though people were allowed to come near him initially, panicked officials stopped them from getting on the stage and wishing him.
Seeing the increasing number of people since early afternoon, Modi reached the ceremony around 2:30 pm, about half an hour before the scheduled time. People from other districts, too, were present.
During his short speech, Modi also said that September 17th was important in the history of India as it was the day Sardar Patel freed Hyderabad from the Nizam’s clutches.
The event, however, was also a glaring example of the mismanagement and lack of proper planning by both the government and the BJP.
Talking to dna, superintendent of police, Gandhinagar district, Sharad Singhal, said the venue was too small compared to the number of people visiting the place. Modi’s birthday bash was to be celebrated with a musical orchestra. However, when the leaders saw that there was mismanagement all round, the orchestra group was forced to leave without performing.