With the second phase of Gujarat Elections due on December 14, Prime Minister Narendra Modi concluded the election campaign by visiting the Ambaji Mandir in Banaskantha district via a seaplane. The single-engine Quest Kodiak airplane, that Modi travelled through on December 12, is the first seaplane in India.
The flight that became the ultimate show of ‘vikas’ narrative of Modi government’s policies took around 36 minutes to reach Dharoi dam from Sabarmati riverfront. Operation of amphibian planes is part of central government’s Regional Connectivity Scheme (RCS) that is meant to boost connectivity with the unserved/underserved regions of the country in an affordable manner.
Like previous campaigns of the Prime Minister in Mehsana, Vadodara, and Panchmahal, where he talked about various dvelopment initiatives like Mudra Yojana and Startup India, Banaskantha visit also became a show of development agenda of the BJP government.
Flying over the Sabarmati though was the second option for the BJP after Gujarat Police disallowed the party to hold election rally in Ahmedabad, citing undue traffic jams. Both Narendra Modi and Rahul Gandhi were supposed to hold rallies in different parts of the city.
On his official twitter handle, PM posted, “Seaplane services can also be helpful during times of medical emergencies. Those needing even quicker access to medical care and those living in remote areas stand to gain a lot.”
Sources- NDTV, Financial Express