In yet another attempt to cash the situation arising after the surgical strikes across LoC, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has decided to spend Diwali on Sunday with jawans from the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) at the Mana Post along the border near Badrinath Temple.
Preparation were in full swing for the PM’s visit with Director General of the force, Krishna Chowdhary, leaving for Dehradun.
The visit is in line with Modi’s tradition of spending Diwali with the armed forces. His first Diwali after taking over as PM in 2014 was with soldiers at Siachen, the world’s highest battlefield.
As tensions rise along the border with Pakistan with repeated ceasefire violations by the neighbour, the PM’s message from the heights of Badrinath will be closely watched on Sunday.
Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju will be celebrating the festival in Manipur with soldiers from the Assam Rifles while MoS in the Prime Minister’s Office Jitendra Singh will be in Hiranagar area of Jammu and Kashmir close to the Line of Control on the eve of Diwali.