New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi's scheduled visit to Gujarat on Friday has been postponed due to heavy rain in several parts of the state, especially in Saurashtra and South Gujarat regions. Talking to reporters in Veraval town in Gir Somnath district, Chief Minister Vijay Rupani said, the prime minister has decided to postpone his visit so that the relief and rescue work in Valsad and Junagadh districts, which are badly affected by incessant rain, does not get disturbed.

According to the itinerary that was initially planned, PM Modi was supposed to arrive in Gujarat on July 20 and stay overnight to attend further events the next day, but it was later converted into a one-day visit, which now stands canceled. PM Modi was supposed to inaugurate a newly constructed hospital in Junagadh and then attend the convocation ceremony of the Gujarat Forensic Science University in the state capital Gandhinagar.

“PM Modi has expressed his concern and decided to postpone the visit. The Prime Minister was supposed to visit Valsad, Junagadh, and Gandhinagar to take part in various programmes,” CM Rupani said. CM Rupani added that the Prime Minister's Office is in touch with the state government regarding the situation arising out of the continuous rain in the state.

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