Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu visited Mahatma Gandhi’s birthplace in Gujarat’s Porbandar on Saturday and offered prayers at two temples in Dwarka during his one-day visit to the state.
His visit to Gujarat comes on the day when the ballot to elect the next vice president is underway.
The outgoing Vice President and his wife Usha Naidu arrived at Jamnagar Air Base where Gujarat Governor Acharya Devvrat and Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel received them. From there, the Naidus departed for Dwarka, where they offered prayers at the Nageshwar Jyotirling temple and the Dwarkadhish temple.
Afterwards, they visited Mahatma Gandhi’s birthplace and ‘Kirti Mandir’, a memorial adjacent to Gandhi’s ancestral home in Porbandar.
In Porbandar he was greeted with a traditional show. Local BJP leaders welcomed him by offering him a traditional headgear, which he wore.
In his message written in the Kirti Mandir guestbook, Naidu urged people to visit the place and be inspired by the life and ideals of Mahatma Gandhi.
“I am deeply honored and privileged to visit the birthplace of Mahatma Gandhi. By showing the world the power of truth and non-violence as weapons against injustice, Gandhi left a lasting impact on the humanity. I urge everyone, especially the younger generation to visit this place and be inspired by the life and ideals of Gandhi,” he wrote in the guestbook of the museum in Gandhi’s birthplace. Gandhi.
The vice president’s official Twitter account also shared photos of Naidu visiting the two temples.
In the ballot for the next vice-president, the candidate of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) and former Governor of West Bengal Jagdeep Dhankhar (71) is opposed to the joint opposition candidate Margaret Alva (80).
With the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) having an absolute majority in the Lok Sabha and 91 members in the Rajya Sabha, Dhankhar has a clear advantage over his rival. He is likely to succeed the outgoing vice-president, whose term ends on August 10.