Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses the gathering during dedication of a new Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) campus at Gandhinagar, India, Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017. Modi is on two day visit to Gujarat. (AP Photo/Ajit Solanki)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is on a two-day visit to his home state Gujarat wherein, he will lay foundation stones and inaugurate a number of projects.

Speaking over the Gujarat model of development, Prime Minister Narendra Modi took an indirect dig at the Congress over economic progress under its government and said that the economic progress for them meant installing a hand pump and asking for votes in return.

“The definition of development has changed. Earlier, leaders used to install a hand pump and ask for a vote in its name for three elections,” Modi said indirectly pointing to Congress.

Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi had recently castigated the Modi government over the Gujarat model of development, saying “Vikas (development) has gone mad”, during his recent three-day campaign visit to the state.

“Did you ever think that Chotila would have an airport? Did people of Surendranagar ever think that an airport will be built here?” Modi asked the gathering.

“Should an airport be built here, will you people like it? Once the airport is built, planes will fly from here. Is it not development?” Modi asked, and the crowd responded with a resounding “Yes”.

Modi’s trip began with a visit to Dwarkadheesh Temple. During his two-day tour, PM Modi is expected to address as many as six public meetings launching various schemes and projects at five places in three regions of the state. Following his prayers at Dwarkadheesh, the PM laid the foundation stone of a sea-link bridge between the coastal town of Okha and Bet Dwarka Island.

In a tweet, Prime Minister Modi tweeted on the need to bridge the digital divide in India. He also stressed on the need to further digital literacy.

“Emphasised on the need to bridge the digital divide & further digital literacy. Also elaborated on the importance of PMGDISHA,” his tweet read.

-with inputs from FirstPost


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