On his first visit to his birthplace since occupying the top post, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday paid an unplanned visit to the school he attended.
According to news agency ANI, PM Modi was on his way to inaugurate a multi-specialty hospital 100 kilometres from Ahmedabad and when he visited the school.
Modi, who once sold tea at the Vadnagar railway station, recalled his journey to Delhi from Gujarat where he was the chief minister for 13 years from 2001.
He said he has managed to serve the nation with the blessings of Lord Shiva since 2001 despite some people "spewing venom" at him during these years. He was apparently referring to the attacks on him during his tenure as Gujarat chief minister after the riots of 2002 in the state.
"Vadnagar has taught me to drink poison," he said, while noting that his birthplace is the land of Shiva, like Kashi (Varanasi), his Lok Sabha constituency.
Modi was addressing a public meeting after inaugurating a newly-built medical college and launching an immunization programme here