(Photo: SikkimReporter and Sikkim Express)
GANGTOK, October 16: Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi who celebrated first day of year 2009 with Border Security Force jawans in Rann of Kutch and distributed sweets among them, is now ready to spend his Diwali with jawans on China border.Gujrat CM Modi arrived on a four-day visit to Sikkim apparently to relax in the sylvan surroundings of the Himalayan state.
Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi who is on a four day visit of Sikkim arrived in Gangtok yesterday morning and spent his whole afternoon touring the tourism hotspots in and around the Capital.
Mr. Modi’s visit is not official and he had come to Sikkim as a tourist on a holiday, it is informed. He landed at Libing helipad here yesterday morning on a chopper where he was welcomed by the State government authorities who had thrown a blanket security cover for him.
DC (East) D Anandan, SP (East) Dr. MS Tuli and army officials were present to welcome the Gujarat Chief Minister at the helipad.
After resting for some time at a hotel here, Mr. Modi visited Directorate of Handicrafts and Handlooms where he interacted with the local artistes. He then proceeded towards Ganesh Tok, Himalayan Zoological Park, Tashi View Point, Namgyal Institute of Technology and later in the evening, took a stroll along the beautified MG Marg.
Mr. Modi, however, offered no comments when asked about his feelings on visiting Sikkim for the first time. Instead, he offered a big Namaste to the media.
The Gujarat Chief Minister is scheduled to visit Nathu La border today and will meet Sikkim Chief Minister Pawan Chamling in the same evening. He will also be flying to Namchi, the district headquarters of South Sikkim on October 17 where he will visit world tallest statue of Guru Rimpoche at Samdruptse and take a look of the under construction Chaar Dhaam at Solophok.
Mr. Modi is also scheduled to visit the famed Khecheopalri Lake in West Sikkim on the same day before returning to Gangtok.
The itinerary of the Gujarat Chief Minister suggests that he is on a mission to study the tourism assets and growth of Sikkim. Sources inform that he is visiting Sikkim to understand the strides taken by Sikkim in tourism sector.
Mr. Modi is scheduled to return back to Gujarat on October 18.