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Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in Surat, Gujarat yesterday for a two-day visit to his home state. It opened the 36th National Games, which are being held in the state for the first time.

He attended the opening ceremony of the 36th National Games at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad and declared it open last night. Photo credit: Twitter/@BJP4India

He was received at Surat airport by the Chief Minister of Gujarat, Bhupenra Patel.

Ahead of his trip to Gujarat, Prime Minister Modi shared photos of a drone show in Ahmedabad on Twitter. The night sky over Ahmedabad lit up in preparation for the opening of the National Games.

During his trip, PM Modi also inaugurated and laid the foundation stones for various projects. He started his visit from Surat by addressing a gathering in the Limbayat region. There, he initiated various projects worth INR 3,400 crore including the inauguration of the Main Gateway and the works of Phase 1 of Diamond Research and Mercantile (DREAM) City.

According to a statement issued by the state government, Prime Minister Modi traveled to Bhavnagar from Surat where he launched projects worth almost INR 6,000 crore including laying stones of the first terminal CNG in the world and a brownfield port.

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The night sky over Ahmedabad lit up in preparation for the opening of the National Games. Photo credit: Twitter/@BJP4India

He attended the opening ceremony of the 36th National Games at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad and declared it open last night.

Prime Minister Modi’s visit to the state comes just months before state assembly elections in December. The BJP ruled the state for nearly three decades.