Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday addressed a farmersâ€™ rally in Banaskantha district, Gujarat and also inaugurated a cheese factory of dairy major Amul during his day-long.
He will also pay a visit to State BJP headquarters in Gandhinagar district in the afternoon, his first trip there after assuming the top office in May 2014.
The PM inaugurated a new Amul cheese factory at Banas Dairy in Banaskantha district and also launched â€˜Amul Deshiâ€™ A2 cow milk.
The factory has been built with an investment of Rs 350 crore and uses cutting-edge cheese-making technology, said GCMMF, which manages the popular Amul brand.
The â€˜Amul Deshiâ€™ A2 product, to be sold in Ahmedabad initially, is aimed at consumers seeking pure cow milk from indigenous breeds. It is priced at Rs 35 per 500 ml bottle.
This is the fifth visit of the Prime Minister to his home state, which will go to polls in the second half of 2017, in the last six months.
Here are the live updates:
12:26pm:Â Opposition, media has right to criticise me, but also educate people in cashless transactions
12:25pm:Â There is no need to waste your time standing outside banks or ATMs, e-wallets have brought banks to your mobiles: PM Modi
12:25pm:Â India wants to progress. Corruption and black money is slowing our progress and adversely affecting the poor. These evils have to end: PM
12:24pm:Â I urge you all to integrate people with e-banking, e-wallets: PM
12:22pm:Â People commiting fresh crimes after Nov 8 will not be spared:Â PM Modi on Demonetisation
12:20pm:Â Had asked for 50 days. You will see how things will change. This is a major step to rid the nation from corruption: PM
12:19pm:Â Merely talking about the poor is different from working for the poor, something that the NDA government is always doing: PMÂ
12:17pm: Just like we all contribute towards voter registration we must all unite to increase financial education: PM
12:15pm:Â From the land of Mahatma Gandhi and Sardar Patel I want to share something with my friends in the Opposition: PM
12:15pm:Â I am not allowed to speak in Lok Sabha, so I chose to speak in Jan Sabha: PM
12:13pm:Â Parliament is not being allowed to function: PM
12:12pm:Â We belong to a nation where we do not think- what my interest. We are not a selfish nation. We think about future generations: PM
12:10pm:Â With our step on currency notes, we have been successful in weakening the hands of terrorists, those in fake currency rackets: PM
12:09pm:Â For how long can poor of India be told to pay for houses in cash. For how long will poor be asked- you want Pucca bill or Kuccha bill: PM
12:08pm:Â We took the decision on currency notes to strengthen the hands of the poor of the nation: PM
12:07pm:Â Value of Rs 100, Rs 20 increased after demonetisation
12:05pm:Â Farmer's need to focus on value addition to castor and isabgul crops: PM
12:03pm:Â A2 milk product of Kankrej breed cow launched here today has high nutritional value: PM
12:02pm:Â Dairy vehicles will carry milk and honey both as you produce it, Svet kranti ke baad Sweet kranti in Banaskantha: PM
11:59am: After shwet kranti (milk revolution), Gujarat will now lead in sweet kranti (honey revolution): PM Modi
11:58am:Per hectare potato production is record high in Banaskantha. Not one or two Progressive farmers, it's in movement mode here: PM at Deesa
11:58am:Â The farmers here turned to dairy and animal husbandry. This was beneficial for the farmers: PM
11:55am:Â The farmers in Banaskantha heard my request and embraced drip irrigation. This changed their lives and lives of future generations: PM
11:54am: When I took over as Chief Minister, I would tell farmers that you need to focus on water as much as you focus on electricity: PM in DeesaÂ
11:52 am:Â There was a time when people from Kutch & Banaskantha would leave their homes in search of better opportunities. It is not the case now: PM
11:51 am:Â Galbabhai started with 8 small milk societies,and now thanks to hard work of women,milk revolution has been realized here through Banas: PM
11:50am: I am told it is after a very long time that a Prime Minister is visiting Banaskantha. But, I am here not as PM but as a son of this soil: PM
11:49am: The farmer of North Gujarat has shown to the world what he or she is capable of:PM
11:47am:Â You may feel why I'm speaking in Hindi, but it is necessary for nation to know how Banaskantha has changed its fortune through hardwork:PM
11:43am: PM Modi address farmer's rally
11:40am:Â Â PM launches honey product of Banas cooperative in Banaskantha district of North Gujarat
11:30am:Â PM launches Galbabhai Patel birth centenary year celebrations, Kankrej cow A2 milk product of Banas Dairy under Amul brand
Excitement among crowd high as PM's helicopter lands besides public meeting venue in Deesa in North Gujarat pic.twitter.com/atHKTC9V5Râ€” DeshGujarat (@DeshGujarat) December 10, 2016