Modi receives warm welcome in Odisha
The Modi visit has evoked spontaneous response from people who waited along the route through which the motorcade passed to have a glimpse of the new BJP PM candidate. It may be premature to pronounce a verdict whether Modi’s one-day visit can prove to be a watershed for the BJP, but it seems to have opened a new chapter in rebuilding the BJP support base in Odisha.
The Gujarat chief minister received a warm welcome both at the Bhubaneswar airport and in Puri. Soon after his arrival in the state capital at around 9.20am, Modi left for Puri where he sought blessings of Lord Jagannath, Lord Balabhadra and Devi Subhadra at the Gundicha temple.
"I respect the contribution of the Odia people who shed sweat for the development of Gujarat," Modi told reporters in Odia language after performing pujas at Gundicha Temple and Sri Mandir here.
The BJP heavyweight chanting 'Jai Jagannath' and 'Bande Utkal Janani', said he came here from Somnath Dham to seek blessings of Lord Jagannath for the overall development of the nation.
After having darshan of the Trinity at Gundicha Temple and Maa Bimala and Maha Laxmi at Sri Mandir, Modi called on King Dibyasingha Deb and both had discussion for about 10 minutes.
Later, Modi met Puri Shankaracharya Nischalananda Saraswati and had a discussion for about 30 minutes.
After concluding his Odisha visit, the Gujarat CM left at around 5 pm.