On his first Diwali celebration after becoming Prime Minister, Narendra Modi has decided to spend time with soldiers in Siachen, after which he will leave for Srinagar to visit the flood victims.
Before leaving for Kashmir valley early at 7:30am, Modi wished them a happy Diwali and tweeted about his plans for the festival of lights, which he said he'll be celebrating with "brave soldiers."
Friends, I am leaving for Siachen Glacier. Its my good fortune that I will be able to spend time with our brave soldiers on this special day— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) October 23, 2014
Talking about the adverse conditions in which the Indian soldiers survive to fight for the nation and protect the citizens from the uneventful circumstances at the border, Modi said as he reaches Siachen to meet the soldiers he will deliver the message of "each and every Indian... - that we stand shoulder to shoulder with you!"
"Everyone is aware of the extreme conditions at Siachen. Overcoming every challenge, our soldiers stand firm, protecting our Motherland. Be it the altitude or bitter cold, nothing deters our soldiers. They stand there, serving our Nation. They make us truly proud," tweeted Modi.
After spending time with the soldiers, Modi has planned to visit the flood victims at a relief camp in Srinagar, where he is said to announce rehabilitation packages, before heading back to New Delhi in the evening.
After the Siachen visit I will continue with my scheduled visit to Srinagar to spend time with those affected due to the recent floods.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) October 23, 2014
Modi will also meet hotel and houseboat owners and traders in the state, whose business was affected in the deluge that devastated the region last month, according to NDTV report.