Prime Minister Narendra Modi celebrated Diwali with soldiers at Lokhandwala in Jaisalmer, Rajasthan. He distributed sweets among the jawans and listened to their views during his visit. Chief of Defence Staff, Bipin Rawat, Army Chief MM Naravane and Border security force Director General Rakesh Asthana accompanied the Prime Minister to Jaisalmer.
The Diwali celebration programme was held at Longewala, the Thar desert of Rajasthan. It is originally a BSF Post and a strategic point. Over 100 BSF troops along with Army & Air Force troops participated in the celebrations which is being followed as a tradition by PM Modi since he took over as the Prime Minister of India in 2014.
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Earlier, on Friday the Prime Minister appealed to the people to light a Diya on Diwali as a salute to the soldiers guarding the nation on the borders. The Prime Minister said that even though all soldiers and frontline Covid 19 workers would not be home to celebrate the festival with their loved ones, the entire nation will pray for them.
“This Diwali, let us also light a Diya as a ‘Salute to Soldiers’ who fearlessly protect our nation. Words can’t do justice to the sense of gratitude we’ve for our soldiers for their exemplary courage. We’re also grateful to families of those on the borders,” he tweeted.
This Diwali, let us also light a Diya as a #Salute2Soldiers who fearlessly protect our nation. Words can’t do justice to the sense of gratitude we have for our soldiers for their exemplary courage. We are also grateful to the families of those on the borders. pic.twitter.com/UAKqPLvKR8
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) November 13, 2020