PM Modi to celebrate Diwali with army soldiers in Gurez

Saturday, 21 Oct, 2017

Dressed in military camouflage and sporting black aviator sunglasses, Modi spent almost two hours with the troops in the Gurez valley near the Line of Control - the de facto border that divides Jammu and Kashmir between India and Pakistan.

Northern Command chief Lt General Devraj Anbu and Chinar Corps Commander Lt Gen J S Sandhu were also present while Modi addressed the jawans, an Army official said.

Addressing the jawans, the Prime Minister, said that like everyone else, he too wishes to spend Diwali with his family.

PM Modi spent joyous moments with the personnel and exchanged candies with the Army and BSF jawans.

In 2014, Modi spent Diwali with the people of Kashmir, as they were getting rehabilitated after the devastating flood.

Modi offered candies and exchanged greetings with jawans. Therefore, he had come among jawans, whom he considers his family.

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The PM interacted with the personnel and officers and extended Diwali greetings to them. He added that he gets new energy when he spends time among the jawans and assured them that the government was committed to welfare and betterment of the armed forces. "I have an opportunity to spend the festival of Diwali with you". The Prime Minister also appreciated their penance and sacrifice amid harsh conditions.

To accomplish the dream of "New India", this is a golden opportunity for all of us to work together.

Speaking about yoga, the PM said he had been told that the jawans present at the gathering regularly practice yoga.

Poonch has been witnessing a spike in ceasefire violations, but this did not dampen the spirit of the jawans to celebrate the festival who lit earthen lamps on the Line of Control (LoC) to mark the auspicious day.

Since Modi took over as the 14th Prime Minster of India, he has chosen to celebrate Diwali with the defence forces. "The army too is a part of it".