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Modi splash with seaplane ride

Modi splash with seaplane ride
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi ended the campaign for the second phase of Gujarat Assembly polls in style on Tuesday as he took a seaplane ride from the...

Ambaji/Ahmedabad: Prime Minister Narendra Modi ended the campaign for the second phase of Gujarat Assembly polls in style on Tuesday as he took a seaplane ride from the Sabarmati River in Ahmedabad to Dharoi Dam in north Gujarat and returned after offering prayers at the famous Ambaji Temple.

Modi boarded the single-engine seaplane from near the Sardar Bridge connecting the old city with Ahmedabad West and flew to Dharoi Dam in Mehsana district.

Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani claimed this was the first time a seaplane landed on a water body in the country. A special floating platform was constructed on the river to facilitate the prime minister board the plane. The plane took off from the Sardar Bridge-end amid chants of "Modi-Modi" from BJP workers and city-dwellers, who flocked to the Sabarmati riverfront. After his plane landed on the water of Dharoi dam, the Prime Minister proceeded to the Ambaji Temple in Banaskantha district via road.

From Dharoi dam site, he reached the temple by road after covering a distance of around 50km. He was greeted by the people of Ambaji town during a roadshow that stretched from the outskirts of the temple town till near the shrine. At the temple, Modi performed puja of Goddess Amba Mata and took blessings from priests. He spent almost 15 minutes at the temple.

From the temple, he arrived at the Dharoi dam site and boarded the seaplane for a return journey to the Sabarmati River. "We cannot have airports everywhere, so our government has planned to have these seaplanes," he said. The campaigning for the second and final phase of voting which will take place on December 14, covering the remaining 93 Assembly seats, ended on Tuesday evening.

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